German Cockroach

Order: Blattodea

Scientific Name: Blattella germanica

Appearance: Light brown oval shaped bodies with darker stripes running down each side

Size: 13-16 mm

 

What is a German Cockroach?

German cockroaches are small roaches that sometimes mistaken as ‘baby’ American cockroaches. They can be properly identified by their smaller size and two darker brown stripes that rundown their bodies. German cockroaches are known to cause health concerns as they are highly unsanitary and reproduce in great numbers causing infestations. 

Female German cockroaches breed repeatedly and will carry their young in a case called an ootheca. Once the young are ready to hatch they will climb out of the ootheca in numbers anywhere from 30-40. These young will reach maturity in 60 days and will scavenge for food during all stages of development. 

Why do I have German Cockroaches?

German cockroaches are highly attracted to garbage and food remnants including pet food. They are often found in areas that are moist and not regularly cleaned or sanitized. German cockroaches are known to nest in dark areas such as under appliances like refrigerators, and stoves. They are tend to make appearances at night and often go unnoticed during the day time. 

How do I get rid of German Cockroaches?

The best way to prevent German cockroaches is to regularly clean and sanitize areas they are known to be attracted to. Properly sealing exterior entry points to the home can further help deter their entry. 

If an infestation has occurred it is recommended to have a professional pest control specialist aid in remediation and future prevention of German cockroaches. Click Here for Details on our General Pest Control Plan

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