German Cockroach

German Cockroach

Appearance:  German cockroaches are brown in color and are distinguishable by two parallel, dark stripes that run down their thorax area.  Mature German cockroaches are approximately ½ inch in length.

Location and Behavior Patterns:  The German cockroach is the most commonly seen roach throughout the state of Florida.  They are also extremely prolific; every egg capsule may have as many as 40 individual eggs.  They reach maturity in about 1-2 months.

German cockroaches are nocturnal and are most often seen at night, when they are foraging for food.  During the day, they are liking resting in a secluded area that is dark and near a water source.  These pests are omnivores and will eat just about anything, including soft materials, such as books, papers, and other similar items.  They are attracted to leftover food containers, pet foods, trash, crumbs, and almost any other type of food.

Treatment:  German cockroaches can be harmful and destructive.  They carry plenty of bacteria and will contaminate every surface they come into contact with, so it is vital to clean thoroughly, after you have spotted, or suspected, their presence.  They also can affect people who have allergies or asthma, because they release an allergen that some people may be sensitive to.  They are attracted to bait and can be controlled with regular inspection and preventative measures.  Persistence is a key to keeping this nuisance under control.

German Cockroach