Blatella_germanica_(German_cockroach)There are an estimated six to ten million species of insects in this world, making up almost 90% of all the life of the planet. With such large numbers, it is inevitable that humans and insects will be forced to share their habitats. This is where the pest control industry comes into the picture. Each year, millions of dollars get pumped into the eradication and control of insects from industrial, commercial and residential structures. One of the most common types of pests that plague almost every state in the country is the Blattella Germanica, also known as the German Cockroach.

The German Cockroach, which originates from north-eastern Africa or eastern Asia, is extremely hard to exterminate as it is a rather unique type of creature. It can survive extreme conditions, can reproduce in large numbers in a matter of weeks, and some varieties can live up to a year. An infestation of these rather nasty house mates is something that should be dealt with immediately and with complete prejudice.
The reason that these particular cockroaches are found all over the country is that they are intricately linked to human habitats. All human dwellings, unless very carefully constructed and planned, will have spaces within walls and cracks appearing throughout the structure. These tiny spaces can serve as the ideal home for cockroaches since it provides a measure of protection from the ravages of climate and is also in close proximity to food sources. Cockroaches, especially the German kind, can survive on any form of food as long as it contains a certain number of calories. They ingest all forms of food that humans produce and when there is a lack of what we consider food, they can survive on cardboard, hair, fingernails and even soap. They have also been documented consuming fecal matter, regurgitated nutrients and also their own kind. Given this wide range of edible matter, it is virtually impossible to starve them out.

Identify and Inspect

The first step in the defense of your home from these virulent pests is identification and inspection. The old adage says that when you see one, there are thousands that you do not see, hiding behind walls and in all manners of nooks and crannies. This is not always true, but the rate at which these insects reproduce is astonishing. A single female cockroach, when fertilized, can produce anywhere between 2 to 6 egg capsules, each of which can contain close to 40 different individual nymphs. Thus from a single adult female, it is possible that within three to four months, you can end up with a bad case of cockroach infestation in your home.


The next step to take in exterminating cockroaches from your household is to place the appropriate pesticide at strategic points. Identify the likely entry points for the little pests into your kitchen and bathroom and place gel bait products there. These are designed to be very appealing to cockroaches since their palatability and toxicity have been engineered in such a way that the pests do not die instantly, but rather in a few hours. This is to ensure that the toxins in the product are given a chance to spread through the insect colony and other cockroaches have maximum chance of exposure to the toxins.


The final and most important measure that is to be undertaken is sanitation. A clean home that is devoid of potential breeding grounds and food and water sources is the key to preventing an infestation from occurring. Though it is impossible to ensure that there are absolutely no chances of cockroaches finding food, by taking a few precautions one can come close.

If you need help with cockroach extermination in Acadiana, Louisiana, contact Sugarland Exterminating. We are a family owned- and- managed company that has been in business for 40 years, and so are the pest-busters to this part of Louisiana. Call us today and our service people will come to your home for an inspection and give you a free quote!