How do you get rid of a German Roach in the office?

Updated: Nov 17





What are German cockroaches?


German cockroaches are a type of cockroach that you will rarely see flying; Instead, they rush and run too fast to get to where they are going or to avoid being picked up. Adults are between 1/2 and 5/8 of an inch long.

Their bodies are light brown or tan, and they have two parallel black stripes that lie just behind their heads. The female has a wide abdomen, while the male has a narrower abdomen. German cockroaches reproduce very quickly; each female can carry 40 eggs and up to 6 generations can be produced annually.

How do you get rid of a German Roach in the office?



Nobody wants to face the invasion of the German Roach. This is especially the case if you are running a business thanks to the damage that cockroaches can cause.

German cockroaches can easily damage your reputation (maybe irreparable if you are a food maker, restaurant, hotel or coffee shop). Moreover, they can also make customers and employees sick (crickets are associated with 33 different types of bacteria, 6 parasitic worms, and many forms of human pathogens).

If you have discovered one German cockroach in your workplace, apart from looking for professional cockroach pest control, what should you do?


Look for signs of infection


There is a small chance that a rogue cockroach has made its way into the building but unfortunately, this is rarely the case and you are more likely to have a cockroach infestation.


Whether or not you think you have a problem, it is always a good idea to watch for signs of an infection which can include:


Unusual or foul odor


They are about 2 mm long and are cylindrical. They can also be brown/black if they don't have a lot of water

If the water is copious, cockroaches produce brown and irregularly shaped smear marks. These often occur on horizontal surfaces and at floor junctions on the wall where they pass


Shed skins - often found near where cockroaches take shelter


Cockroaches will eat just about anything, so you may notice damage to leather goods, books, paper, clothing, and packaging materials, and they can also ingest pet food and droppings.


Make your buildings less attractive


Cockroaches will enter the building if there is food, water, and a safe place for them to shelter.

Ensure that your workplace is as inhospitable as possible by following these techniques:


· Get rid of any food and liquid spills as quickly as possible, sweep up crumbs and debris and wipe down surfaces regularly. This helps eliminate any potential food sources

· Store all foods in airtight containers and do not leave anything on work surfaces

· Do not leave liquids sitting in basins or buckets

· Rinse any cans, bottles or plastic items before putting them in the recycling bins

· De-clutter - the fewer places cockroaches have to hide, the less likely they are to survive

· Seal any potential entry points such as cracks in walls and gaps in doors

· Regularly check dark and undisturbed areas

· Ensure that boxes are always tightly covered


How do you get rid of a German Roach in the office?


The gel bait can be an effective cockroach killer. It can be applied under baseboards, in cracks and crevices and near areas most likely to attract these pests. The only downside is that you may end up with many dead cockroaches around the building which is not ideal if clients or customers visit your premises.

Bait stations work by attracting cockroaches to the stations to feed on the venom. Then they return to their home and die and are eaten by other cockroaches passing the poison. Bait stations work in part to get rid of roaches but may struggle to target large infestations. You may also want to avoid using toxic toxins in the workplace.

The fastest and most effective way to get rid of cockroach infestation is to contact a pest control specialist. Most importantly, they will work with caution so as not to affect your day-to-day workflow and reputation.


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