Troublesome German Cockroaches

Among all the pest cockroach species, German cockroaches are the most problematic type. In brief they have the ability to completely overtake your home.  German cockroaches are difficult to get rid of because they reproduce quickly and can be easily moved from one place to another in your personal belongings. German cockroaches can be found in homes, stores, offices, restaurants, factories, hospitals, and nursing homes.

Adult German Cockroaches

Baby German Cockroaches Around Egg Case

Juvenile German Cockroaches

How Do You Get German Cockroaches?

German cockroaches are the most common type to overrun your home fast and take over your kitchen. They can be brought in from shops by people in grocery bags, cardboard boxes, papers as well as packaging. In some cases German cockroaches can infest your new house when moving. They can be transferred from your old to new residence in furniture and electrical appliances and with other personal items. Once these critters reach a new location and find suitable conditions, their population can explode to large numbers quickly.

The German cockroaches typically measures between 1.1 to 1.6 cm. Their bodies are flat and oval-shaped and light brown colour. Their antennas are long, and  legs are shaped like a spine. Although they can’t fly, German cockroaches do have wings. One particular feature that sets  apart from other roaches is their lighter colour. The brownish colour is infiltrated with two dark stripes that run from their shield to the lower end of its body.

 The juvenile cockroaches don’t have wings and look darker than the adults also have a different body shape  what makes them look competently different .

There are three different stages in the life phase of a German cockroach, egg, nymph, and adult. Generally, the entire cycle is completed in around 10 weeks however, this may be influenced by external factors such as temperature and humidity.  German cockroaches reproduce quickly and their growth under ideal conditions is fast.

German cockroaches are considered nocturnal, they prefer to hide during the day and become active at night.

They are generally found around kitchens and bathroom moisture is readily available, and prefer warm and humid conditions.

Their favourite foods are, sugars, fats, and starches, however thy will feed on anything. When food and moisture are scarce, German cockroaches will travel relatively long distance in search of  these necessities.

How Serious Are German Cockroaches?

German cockroaches are not just a nuisance. Aside from their unpleasant appearance, numerous diseases have been linked to them. Cockroaches are capable of caring bacteria that can cause serious health problems. Salmonella, E coli and asthma in children have all been documented to be transmitted by these pests.


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