German Cockroach

Category:

Actual Size: 1/2″ – 5/8″

Characteristics: Pale brown with two dark longitudinal stripes behind the head.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes, but rarely fly.

Habitat: Prefer humid, warm areas. Often found in residential and commercial kitchens as well as bathrooms. Usually in areas where people eat and drink.

Habits:

  • Although they have wings, they cannot fly.
  • Can live in big colonies as they reproduce quickly.
  • Completely dependent on human habitats for survival.

German Cockroaches in Bristol

The German cockroach is the most common and most abundant roach species. They are distributed worldwide and is the most prevalent species in and around homes, apartments, supermarkets, food processing plants, and restaurants. These roaches prefer warm humid environments and infestations are frequently found in residential and commercial kitchen environments, and bathrooms. When infestations are large, they can spread to other parts of a building. This species reproduces the fastest of the common pest cockroaches—a single female and her offspring can produce over 30,000 offspring in a year.  Because they reproduce at such a rapid rate, they are considered extremely dangerous.

German Cockroach Habitat

German roaches are found primarily in kitchens, bathrooms, or other areas where daily access to water is available. If sanitation is poor, the German cockroach can successfully expand its normal habitat to include all portions of a structure where adequate food, water, and shelter exist. German cockroaches prefer to hide in wooden and paper materials, as well as electrical equipment. These roaches can also be found hiding in cabinets, drawers, up under sinks and inside heat-producing appliances like dishwashers, microwaves, and coffee makers.

German Cockroach Behaviors & Dangers

German cockroaches may be gross, but they likely will not bite people. However, these roaches can carry and transmit a number of diseases as they deposit germs or bacteria in areas they inhabit. German cockroaches can also cause allergic reactions due to the insects leaving fecal matter and cast skins around the home, causing skin rashes, watery eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion, and asthma. In addition to spreading disease, German cockroach infestations may cause human psychological stress. This is because German roach infestations can grow to alarming numbers.

German cockroaches can multiply rapidly, which means that a cockroach infestation should be addressed immediately by a professional cockroach exterminator.