The German cockroach is the most common species of the cockroach. Because they are so adaptable, they have successfully adjusted to living with humans. The German cockroach is best identified by its small size and by two dark parallel lines running from the back of the head to the wings. And, although they have fully developed wings, they don’t use them to fly. German roaches are usually found in kitchens (near dishwashers, stoves, and sinks) and in bathrooms of homes; with that said, they rely on man to survive. And, it goes without being said, they are difficult to get rid of once they infiltrate your home or building.

German cockroaches are good hitchhikers and often find their way into new buildings via grocery bags, cardboard boxes, and secondhand appliances. Their reproductive rate is extremely high and one roach can have as many as 30-40 eggs in one hatch (yikes!). A nymph is a baby roach, and it takes nymphs about 60 days to complete its transformation to an adult.

Not only are they a nuisance, but they are known to spread at least thirty-three kinds of bacteria! They can pick up germs on the spines of their legs as they crawl through sewage or decay and then carry that onto different surfaces. If you see a roach in your house or building, don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can help manage the infestation! And, here’s a tip: these pests are less likely to take residence where things are clean, so the best way to prevent an infestation is to practice good sanitation! To prevent cockroaches from infesting your space, we suggest that you vacuum often, keep a spotless kitchen, and seal all entrances around utility pipes; also, ventilate crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup! Taking these precautionary steps should help.

If you have any additional questions regarding cockroach management, don’t hesitate to give our team here at Trad’s Pest Control a call. We’re always happy to help!