||Light brown to tan, with two dark, almost parallel stripes located on their backs, just behind their heads
||Found throughout the United States
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The German cockroach is the most common species of the
cockroach. German cockroaches can breed at a rate of up to six
generations per year. The German cockroach can fit through an
opening as small as 3/8 inch in width.
German cockroaches will feed on almost anything, including soap,
glue and toothpaste. German cockroaches are good hitchhikers and
often find their way into new structures via grocery bags,
cardboard boxes, drink cartons and secondhand appliances.
German cockroaches prefer to live in warm, humid places close to
food and moisture sources. They are frequently found in residential
and commercial kitchen environments, and bathrooms.
In addition to being a nuisance, the German cockroach has been
implicated in outbreaks of illness and allergic reactions in many
people. Cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds
of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven other
kinds of human pathogens. They can pick up germs on the spines of
their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or
sewage and then carry these into food or onto food surfaces.
Medical studies have shown that German cockroach allergens cause
allergic reactions and can exacerbate asthma attacks, especially in
children. This makes German cockroach control incredibly vital.