Are occasional invaders looking to invade your Nashville home? It’s that time of year when people are either gearing up for a cold front, or they’re preparing for spring. You can never really tell because Nashville weather is unpredictable. At Nashville Pest Control, we are gearing up for the warmer months and getting ready to serve you and your Nashville home. Pests are fixing to make their debut once again. To prepare for the next coming months, we need to take a look at what the weather might drag in, and talk about what should be done about these occasional invaders!
In these next few months, the weather may drag in some German cockroaches. The German cockroach is by far the most important and usually the most common of the cockroaches. In addition to being a nuisance, it has been implicated in outbreaks of illness, the transmission of a variety of pathogenic organisms including at least one parasitic protozoan, and allergic reactions in many people. The adults are about 1/2-5/8“ (13-16 mm) long. They vary in color from light brown to tan except for 2 dark, almost parallel longitudinal stripes/bars/streaks on their pronotal shield. The females are darker than the males, her abdomen broader. Rarely do they glide or “fly". And, the females can lay up to 35,000 eggs in a year! In my opinion, one is already too many.
The first thing you could do as a homeowner is to make sure you seal up any cracks, crevices, holes, gaps, etc., in and around the house. German cockroaches can squeeze through small spaces, so you should check for those. Any crack or crevice located near a source of food and/or water is prime harborage, and they spend about 75% of their time in such harborages. First instar nymphs require a crack of about 1/32" (1 mm). Whereas, adults require a crack of about 3/16" (5 mm) in width. These cockroaches are most commonly introduced into buildings via paper products or paper packaging such as grocery bags, cardboard boxes, drink cartons, and via second-hand appliances such as refrigerators, televisions, VCR’s, microwaves, etc. They have been observed to migrate from building to building on warm evenings, but this rarely occurs. Although uncommon, they can survive outdoors during the warm months. They feed on almost anything with nutritive value including all kinds of food, and such things as soap, glue, and toothpaste.
In times like these, Nashville Pest Control can help you. We will do our very best to detect where these occasional invaders are coming in from, and treat in the areas they mostly reside. We will make sure your home stays German cockroach free during these warmer months. Call us today! 615-622-2584.