German Roach Facts


German Roaches

  • Germans roaches are easily transported. Some ways of transportation include- furniture, groceries, or even your friends and neighbors.
  • Are German cockroaches harmful? They may not bite or sting you, but they do harbor in areas that may have dangerous bacteria like sewers, garbage disposals or dumpsters. They do introduce this bacteria into your residence upon entry by carrying it on their backs.
  • Cockroaches in general are always reproducing. German Cockroaches have a phenomenal rate of reproduction and three developmental stages: egg, nymph and adult. One female and her offspring can theoretically produce hundreds of thousands of cockroaches in just one year!
  • German cockroaches are about a half inch long, tan colored and have lines from their head to the end of their wings.

Where Will You Find German Roaches?

  • The most common place you will find a German Cockroach is in your kitchen or bathroom. They love the heat and humidity with temperatures in range from 85 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit- although they do very well in normal humidity and room temperature.
  • Within a given room, you will find German Roaches in places where the humidity is the highest, such as the refrigerator or other heat generating places, under the sink, around water pipes -hot or cold- where they can find warmth and condensation.
  • German roaches spend most of their lives hidden and protected. For every roach you can view in daytime, hundreds can be hidden inside walls and ceiling voids, behind cabinets, inside appliances. A German roaches favorite hiding location is inside a narrow crevice where their antenna can stick out. Prime locations like this include, cracks between cabinets and walls, the flange under the sink, and spaces between door corners and jambs.
  • They are nocturnal creatures and they aggregate- or crowd together. If you are a night owl, you are more likely to see them wandering around. You may find brownish spots left behind on spots where the aggregation occurs.
  • Protection of their egg cases. The female German roach carries her egg case for as long as one month, dropping the case right before they hatch. While carrying the case, she is less active and tends to stay hidden away in cracks, crevices or protected voids. Keeping up with scheduled follow up treatments is a must because her egg cases can not be penetrated by the insecticide and unaffected egg cases will hatch days after treatment.

Fun Facts about Cockroaches:

  • 37% of children are allergic to cockroaches in general.
  • They can live for one week without their head.
  • It can hold it’s breath for up to 40 minutes.
  • They are cold blooded insects that can live up to one month without food, but just one week without water.
  • They can run up to 3 miles in one hour which spreads bacteria and diseases very quickly.
  • From newborn to adult in just 36 days.
  • A one day old German cockroach is the size of a spec of dust but can still keep up with their parents.
  • There are more than 4,000 species of roaches and have been around for more than 280 million years.
  • They are the most difficult insect to control.

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