German Roaches

Size: Adults grow to a length of 13-16 mm.

Color: Adults are easily recognized by their light brown or tan coloration with two black horizontal stripes located on the pronotum immediately behind the head, The young, or nymphs, are darker, almost black in color, also with the black stripes behind the head.

Wings: While adult German cockroaches have wings, they rarely fly, preferring to run.

Habits: German cockroaches are well-known indoor cockroaches with a distribution that is worldwide. Smaller than other types of cockroaches, the pests can hide in small spaces and hitch rides in bags, boxes, and many other infested items that are brought inside the home. In multi-unit apartment buildings, they can easily move between units, using the shared plumbing and pipes as a highway.

What Attracts Them? One of the most common sources of problems with German cockroaches is used items like furniture and luggage. Pre-owned electronics are also hiding places for the pests, which gravitate towards these warm devices. Additionally, areas, where food debris is left around, will fulfill the needs that the cockroaches have for food, water, and protection, such as near:

- Garbage containers

- Kitchen cabinets

- Under sinks

Pro Tips:

- Empty your trashcans often and keep them clean.
- Clean up crumbs from counters and floors daily, including spilled pet food.
- Sweep daily.
- Vacuum frequently.
- Make sure food is not left in sink strainers.
- Run the garbage disposal frequently.
- Keep food (including pet food) sealed in airtight containers.
- Don't leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight.
- Keep appliances clean of food and grease.
- Clean out the clutter in your garage and attic, especially cardboard.
- Use plastic storage boxes rather than cardboard when possible.
- Seal entrances around utility pipes.
- Store soap out of reach.
- Don't leave pet food out in bowls overnight.
- Dry all sinks, tubs, and showers before bed each night.