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Can You Exterminate German Cockroaches?

The German cockroach is very good at establishing an ecological niche in structures and is resilient in the face of many pest-control procedures. To be successful, control strategies need to be thorough, sustained, and methodical; survival of just a few eggs is quite adequate to regenerate a nearly exterminated pest population within a few generations, and recolonization from surrounding populations often is extremely fast, too.

Why is the German cockroach so hard to exterminate?

  • Lack of natural predators in a human habitat
  • Prolific reproduction
  • Very short reproductive cycle
  • The capacity to hide in really tiny refuges
  • Sexual maturity attained within several weeks
  • Adaptation and resistance to some chemical pesticides and baits

Where do they like to hide?

German cockroaches prefer confined areas, and they are small compared to other pest types, so they can hide within little gaps and crevices that are easy to overlook, thereby evading people and their eradication efforts.

Adaptive selection

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A strain of German cockroaches has actually emerged that responds to glucose as distastefully bitter. They refuse to eat sweetened baits, which presents a barrier to their control, given that those baits are an economical and effective means of regulation.


  • German cockroaches can at first infest a structure when infested grocery bags are brought inside. Examine groceries for cockroaches prior to putting away. Keep grocery bags in outside storage places.
  • Cockroaches breed prolifically in corrugated cardboard boxes. Dispose of unneeded boxes right away.
  • Keep doors and windows shut.
  • Keep window and soffit screens in good repair to stop cockroaches from entering your home.
  • Inspect attic vents and make sure that large openings around outside drainage lines and sewer vents are screened or sealed. Use tightly packed steel wool as a temporary filler till openings can be sealed appropriately.
  • Caulk or otherwise seal crevices and gaps around frames of windows and doors and around plumbing and electrical to help stop cockroaches from entering your house.
  • Seal gaps in between door frames and doors with weather stripping.
  • Children can transfer cockroaches from school to home in book bags and lunch containers. Examine these items routinely.
  • Dwellings such as apartment or condos that are separated by a common wall are especially difficult situations. An infestation can migrate between apartments through the plumbing within a common wall. For that reason, cockroaches from one apartment can quickly move to another apartment, infesting a “well-kept” dwelling. To help prevent this, caulk holes in common walls and around pipes.

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