German Cockroaches

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • December 12, 2016

What Are German Cockroaches?

German cockroaches are our most prolific cockroach species producing 3-6 generations per year. Besides its importance as a sign of poor sanitation used by health departments, the German cockroach has been implicated in the transmission of several pathogenic organisms and as a cause of allergic reactions for children and adults.

Adults are 1/2 to 5/8 inches long, light brown to tan, with two dark stripes on the shield (pronotum) behind the head. Females are often seen carrying a yellowish-brown egg capsule (ootheca) protruding from the end of the abdomen. Nymphs are generally darker with two prominent dark stripes surrounding a lighter tan spot or stripe on body midsection (thorax).

German cockroaches do not enter structures from outdoors, they are spread entirely by humans and live only indoors. The German cockroach is the major cockroach pest of residences, restaurants, warehouses and food-processing plants in the United States. German cockroaches spend most of their lives in cracks and protected void areas near sources of food and water.

The elimination of this pest is the desirable goal in any pest management program. This may include the use of growth inhibitors, baits, as well as residual insecticides specifically labeled for areas of food preparation.

For more information on keeping these pests from invading your home, check out 3 Ways To Keep Cockroaches Away This Summer. For more information on the other pests that could be hiding in your home, download our free Pest Encyclopedia.

If you’re having trouble with a cockroach infestation, check out our pest control services and schedule a free inspection with us!

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