German Cockroaches

What do German cockroaches look like?

German cockroaches are smaller than other types of roaches, growing up to 5/8th of an inch in length.  Light brown or tan in color, these roaches have two dark parallel stripes that start at the back of their head and travel down their backs. Nymphs are similar in appearance except that they are smaller in size and dark, almost black in color.  Adults cockroaches are winged and are capable of flight; however, they rarely use them preferring instead to scurry or run from place to place.


german cockroach on egg carton

What attracts German cockroaches?

German cockroaches are attracted to structures that are easily accessible and provide opportunities to find food, water and shelter.  In addition to cracks, gaps and openings on the exterior of homes and businesses, German cockroaches are often introduced via bags, boxes, furniture and clothing.  Once inside, you’re likely to find these pests in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry areas, and other high moisture environments.

Are German cockroaches dangerous?

German cockroaches are dangerous when they live and breed in your home or facility.  Because they hangout in sewers and travel through feces and garbage as well as other unpleasant areas, these bugs have the potential to cause Salmonella poisoning, dysentery and diarrhea.  Feces and shed skins from German cockroaches can also trigger severe allergy attacks - especially in very young children.

Damages caused by German cockroaches

Along with introducing diseases and bacteria into your home and contaminating food sources, German cockroaches may damage books, book bindings, wallpaper, and other starchy items by feeding on them.  German cockroaches can also produce odorous secretions that can affect the flavors of stored food. 

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. 

German cockroach prevention tips

Before you have a cockroach problem in your home or business, Pine State Pest Solutions recommends implementing these prevention tips:

  • Reduce areas of moisture by fixing leaky indoor and outdoor fixtures, pipes, and faucets.  
  • Consider using dehumidifiers to help reduce moisture.
  • Inspect packages, bags, and used furniture for signs of German cockroaches before bringing those items into your home.
  • Eliminate food sources by keeping food items in sealed, air-tight containers or in the refrigerator.
  • Immediately clean up spills and crumbs in kitchen areas and regularly wash dirty dishes.
  • Regularly remove trash and store outside in containers with tight fitting lids until trash pick-up day.
  • Remove clutter.  The fewer spaces they have to hide in, the easier it will be to spot an infestation.

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