German cockroaches are the most common roach species found worldwide. While they often infest human homes, most infestations happen in nursing homes, hotels, food processing facilities, restaurants and similar institutional facilities where large amounts of foods are handled. In this short guide, we will cover the essential information you need to know about this pest.
Adult German cockroaches have a light brown or tan coloration, with two stripes on their backs. The females are darker than the males, usually dark brown to black in coloration, with the same two stripes on their backs. German cockroaches also have wings, but they rarely fly, because their wings are very short.
Signs of an infestation
One of the most commonly noticed signs of an infestation is the presence of cockroach droppings in the home. The droppings will be small, dark, and they will resemble black pepper. They are usually found on countertops, inside drawers, or on the floor in dark areas or in the corners of the room. You may also notice roaches or nymphs out in the open, and large German cockroach infestations are accompanied by a “musty” odor.
German cockroaches pose a major health threat to the inhabitants of the infested building. They are capable of carrying dozens of parasites and pathogens on their legs, which they spread when they come into contact with food and other surfaces. On top of that, their feces, urine and saliva have been known to cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma. They are also known for causing damage in the home by chewing various surfaces and materials.
These cockroaches prefer to infest warm, humid areas with a temperature of over 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They are most likely to infest kitchens and bathrooms, but they can also occur in other areas of the home if the right conditions are present. They are also capable of migrating from building to building, and they are often brought into the home from the outdoors in cardboard boxes, grocery bags or second hand appliances.
Cockroaches are best controlled by a professional, because they are very resilient insects. A pro will have the tools and expertise necessary to remove an infestation and make sure that your home stays roach free in the immediate future.
If you currently have a German cockroach that needs to be removed, get in touch with us and we will set an appointment for a control procedure.