German Cockroach

German Cockroaches are brown in color and are about ½-inch in length with two dark, longitudinal stripes on the “shield’ at the front of its body. German cockroaches can be found all over the world. They are the most common cockroach in the United States. Each German cockroach can live about 100-200 days.

Habitat

German cockroaches live in warm and damp places, like kitchens, bathrooms, and places where people eat and drink. Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs. They can contaminate food by shedding their skins. Their cast off skin and waste byproducts are allergens that can trigger allergic reactionsasthma and other illnesses, especially in children. This is why roach control should focus on bathrooms and the kitchen. It spends about 80% of its time resting in cracks and voids near a source of food and/or water. These cockroaches most commonly enter buildings via paper products or packaging such as grocery bags, cardboard boxes and drink cartons. It spends about 80% of its time resting in cracks and voids near a source of food and/or water. These cockroaches most commonly enter buildings via paper products or packaging such as grocery bags, cardboard boxes and drink cartons.

Diet

German cockroaches are attracted to sweet and floury foods but are scavengers and will eat almost anything including things such as soap, glue, toothpaste and books.

Control

Cockroaches pose serious health risks to your family or business. Controlling German cockroaches takes expertise and persistence due to their rapid reproductive rate. At least 95% of the populations must be eliminated during initial treatment or they will return. Baits are a particularly effective form of roach control for this species, but correct placement in cracks and crevices near harborages is critical. Because cockroaches are nocturnal and experts at hiding, successful roach control requires special equipment, materials and expertise.

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