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German Cockroach

Appearance
They have two distinct parallel bands running the length of their pronotum.

Color
Light to medium brown with two dark streaks on body

Size
About 5/8 inches in length

Habitat
Commonly found in and around apartments, homes, supermarkets, and restaurants.

Interesting Facts
Often litter food or food products with their feces and defensive secretions.

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Pest Database : Cockroaches : German Cockroach

What does a German cockroach look like?
The German cockroach is light to medium brown with two dark streaks on the body. As hatchlings, they are 1/8 inch, all black with a light spot on the back. They can reach about 1/2 to 5/8 inches in length as adults.

How did German cockroach invade my home/business?
German cockroaches prefer warm, humid areas and can be commonly found in kitchens, pantries, bathrooms and basements. They reach these areas through various ways including: cracks and crevices, carried in on grocery bags or other packaging, or sewers and drain pipes.

How can I tell if I have German cockroaches?
Fecal evidence is the most common indicator. Their droppings resemble ground pepper located on shelves, walls and around cracks and crevices. Those located may also have small, dark smears ("fecal smears"). Also, American cockroaches are nocturnal, so if they are sighted during daylight hours, it is likely there are many more nearby.

Can German cockroaches harm my family or employees?
Cockroaches have been shown to carry or implicated in carrying the following diseases: salmonella, hepatitis B, E. coli, dysentery, cholera, plague, polio and childhood asthma.

How does Batzner get rid of German cockroaches?
Batzner Pest Management service professionals are highly trained to conduct a thorough inspection to find evidence of cockroaches. German cockroach control can be difficult. There are various solutions to eliminate cockroaches, but in order to prevent more problems, maintaining sanitary conditions is vital.

A Batzner Pest Management Service Professional will perform a service to eliminate the cockroaches from your home or business and will make sanitation or repair recommendations to help prevent future problems.

What steps can I take to control or prevent German cockroaches?

Good sanitation practices will help to control the cockroach population.

  • Eliminating food and moisture
  • Keep premises clean and clutter-free to eliminate harborage areas.
  • Vacuuming is an effective way to remove adults, nymphs and egg capsules (properly dispose of vacuum bag immediately after use).