German Cockroaches

What do German cockroaches look like?

German cockroaches are a smaller variety of roaches, growing up to 5/8th of an inch in length. They are light brown or tan in color and have two dark parallel stripes that start at the back of their head and travel down their backs. Their nymphs are similar in appearance, but smaller in size and dark, almost black in color. These adult cockroaches are winged and can fly, but they rarely use their wings, preferring instead to scurry or run from place to place.


german cockroach on egg carton

What diseases do German cockroaches carry?

German cockroaches are often found in sewers, garbage, and other unsanitary areas. They have the potential to cause Salmonella poisoning, dysentery, and diarrhea. In addition, their feces and shed skin can trigger severe allergy attacks, especially in very young children.

How do German cockroaches get in your house?

German cockroaches are attracted to structures that offer easy access to food, water, and shelter. They can enter homes and businesses through cracks, gaps, and openings on the exterior or be introduced through bags, boxes, furniture, or clothing.

Once inside, they usually thrive in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry areas, and other high-moisture environments.

What attracts German cockroaches the most?

Below is a list of things that could attract German cockroaches to your home or business:

  • Leaving dishes in the sink overnight.
  • Not cleaning up crumbs and spills on kitchen counters, food preparation areas, and floors.
  • Leaving pet food and water bowls out overnight.
  • Not covering garbage cans.
  • Poorly storing food.
  • Moisture problems.
  • Leaking pipes and other plumbing issues.

Will German roaches damage my home?

Like other types of roaches in Maine, German cockroaches can not only introduce diseases and bacteria into your home but also contaminate food sources. Additionally, they have a tendency to feed on items containing starch, such as books, book bindings, and wallpaper, which can lead to damage. 

How do I get rid of German cockroaches?

Because they are fast breeders and prefer to hide out in dark, hard-to-reach areas, it is best to contact a pest control company if you’re dealing with a German roach infestation. At Pine State Pest Solutions, we provide pest control solutions for German cockroaches, whether in residential or commercial environments. Our services are completed in a timely manner by highly trained, experienced, and friendly pest control technicians. Contact us for cockroach control that includes a customized treatment plan. 

What keeps German cockroaches away?

To prevent cockroach infestations in your home or business, our locally owned and operated Maine pest control company recommends the following tips:

  • Fix any leaky indoor and outdoor fixtures, pipes, and faucets to reduce areas of moisture. You can also use dehumidifiers to help reduce moisture.
  • Before bringing in packages, bags, or used furniture, inspect them for signs of German cockroaches.
  • Keep food items in sealed, air-tight containers or in the refrigerator to eliminate food sources.
  • Clean up spills and crumbs immediately in kitchen areas, and regularly wash dirty dishes.
  • Regularly remove trash and store it outside in containers with tight-fitting lids until trash pick-up day.
  • Remove clutter to make it easier to spot an infestation. The fewer spaces they have to hide in, the better.

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