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German Cockroaches: A Recipe For Disaster

Having any sort of insect problem inside your St. Louis business, especially if that business is a restaurant, is a nightmare; but having a cockroach infestation, well that is a recipe for disaster for business owners. Cockroaches are not pests that have a great reputation. No one is saying “Oh that restaurant is the restaurant where cockroaches have been spotted; let’s eat there tonight!” The public has good reason to fear cockroaches; they are dirty, disease ridden creatures that are not very pleasing to look at. Our experts want to provide some helpful information to business owners about German cockroaches, the damages they can inflict, and how Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions can help.

Let’s talk cockroaches, specifically German cockroaches; the German cockroach is the species of cockroach that is probably the most common and causes the most problems for business owners in St. Louis and across the rest of the U.S as well. German cockroaches love the dark. Their flat body is designed to hide in cracks, crevices and other dark tight spaces. They can grow to be 1 ½ inches in length and are brown with dark bands running parallel along their “backs”. 

German cockroaches are constantly on the look-out for three basic things: food, water, and shelter that is located in a dark, warm, moist location. Unfortunately for restaurant owners, even the most well-run and maintained restaurants meet all of those needs! 

Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty on what makes German cockroach infestations so bad and what damages they can cause inside of St. Louis restaurants.

  • German cockroaches can carry a lot of unsavory characters on their bodies and into your establishment such as: bacteria, viruses, and protozoans. All of these things can make you, your staff, and your customers quite ill with things like dysentery, diarrhea, and food poisoning.

  • German cockroaches emit foul smelling secretions. These secretions can affect the flavor of food and in large infestations even cause a foul smell to the air.

  • German cockroaches leave behind shed skins and excrement, both of which can cause allergic reactions in people that can lead to itchy watery eyes, rashes, sinus problems, and in severe cases they can even trigger asthma attacks.

  • German cockroaches can and will damage the reputation of your business. No matter how good a restaurant is if word gets around of a pest problem, especially a cockroach problem, it will affect your business in a negative manner.

The best defense against German cockroaches for your St. Louis business is to put in place a commercial pest control program to eliminate and control cockroaches and other pests on a year-round basis. Don’t wait for a pest problem to happen; take preventative action today. 

For help controlling pests like German cockroaches in your St. Louis restaurant or other commercial property call the experts at Rottler today. We offer effective and very safe solutions for cockroaches and other pests through our comprehensive commercial pest control services, all completed by our friendly, professional, and highly knowledgeable staff.

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