German Cockroaches 101Missy Henriksen
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Interesting Facts and Information About German Cockroaches
about 4,000 living species of cockroaches in the world, 70 of which
are found right here in the United States. If you’ve ever
encountered a cockroach at home, a restaurant or a public bathroom,
it could have been an American
cockroach, a brown-banded
cockroach or an oriental
cockroach, but chances are it was likely a German
cockroach — the most common species of cockroach found all over
What does a German cockroach look like?
Cockroaches, in general, are flat and oval in shape with six
legs and a pair of antennae. German cockroaches range in size from
½ inch to 5/8 of an inch long. They are light brown to tan in color
and often distinguished by two dark stripes down their back.
Where do German cockroaches live?
German cockroaches prefer warm and humid environments, close to
food and water sources. They frequently invade residential
properties by hitchhiking in grocery bags, cardboard boxes and
secondhand appliances. Homeowners are most likely to find a German
cockroach crawling around the bathroom or kitchen.
What do German cockroaches eat?
German cockroaches will feed on almost anything, including soap,
glue and toothpaste!
Are German cockroaches dangerous?
German cockroaches are more than just nuisance pests – they have
been linked to disease transmission by picking up germs on the
spines of their legs as they crawl through decaying matter. These
germs are then transferred to food and other common surfaces that
humans frequently touch. In fact, cockroaches are known to spread
at least 33 different types of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic
worms and at least seven other human pathogens. Additionally, the
saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies of cockroaches contain
proteins that trigger allergies and increase asthma symptoms,
especially in children. To learn more about hidden allergy triggers
in your home, read
this article by Dr. Jorge Parada, medical advisor for the
National Pest Management Association.
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
Practicing good sanitation is key to preventing an infestation,
as cockroaches spend most of their time near food sources.
Homeowners should make a concerted effort to keep kitchen counters
and floors clean and free of crumbs. It’s also important to vacuum
frequently and dispose of garbage on a regular basis.
If you find one cockroach in your home, it’s likely there are
many more hiding in cracks and crevices. German cockroaches can
breed at a rate of up to six generations per year. If you suspect
you have a cockroach infestation, contact a licensed pest
professional to properly identify the species and recommend an
appropriate course of treatment. You can enter your zip code here to locate a pest
control company near you. We also recommend watching this
video to learn more about on the most common cockroach species
in the home, including German cockroaches.