How to Keep German Cockroaches Out of Your Business

A German Cockroach
A German Cockroach

German cockroaches are more than just a household pest. These pernicious pests infest and scavenge any building with water and food inside — including restaurants, hotels, and even your typical office break room.

These are the half-inch long, reddish-brown cockroaches common in homes and business around New York and New Jersey. Where there is one, there are more. If you have seen a German cockroach during the day, the infestation may be extremely serious.

Here’s how businesses can prevent and control German Cockroach problems:

  • Seal food containers, clean up crumbs: these roaches will come crawling for any little bit of food. Use airtight containers and clean counters and floors at the end of the day.
  • Wipe up water: Don’t leave any drops of moisture around — you should even wipe down sinks with a paper towel.
  • Clean up and seal away other non-food items: German cockroaches will eat soap bars, toothpaste, and many other unexpected substances.
  • Plug entry points: Use steel wool, caulk, plumbing tape, and other appropriate materials around even the tiniest entry points.
  • Closing duties: Mop and dry the floors and surfaces, take out the trash, and vacuum carpet.

When German cockroaches keep coming back (or if they’re scavenging in daylight) you need commercial pest control immediately. Store-bought baits and traps may only limit the problem.

Stern Environmental provides complete elimination and ongoing service to protect your business from an unsightly and unhygienic roach problem.