The German cockroach is the most common cockroach in the United States. They have a distinct marking behind the head, distinguishing them from other cockroaches. Even though they are capable of flight, they prefer to run. These roaches are mainly found indoors where there is an abundance of food and moisture. German cockroaches are known for transmitting diseases, so if you think they have come and taken over your home, call Nashville Pest Control to get rid of them for you.
Appearance and Life-cycle:
The German cockroach is ½ to 5/8 of an inch long. They are oval shaped. They are a light brown or tan color with 2 black horizontal stripes behind the head. The younger German cockroaches are darker, almost black, with black stripes. They do have wings and will sometimes fly, but they prefer to run.
These cockroaches are known for being able to reproduce quickly. A female can produce almost 400 eggs in a lifetime. Each egg case contains 30-40 eggs. The egg cases are brown in color and about 7mm long and 2mm wide. The female carries the egg case until about 2 days before hatching. Development can take anywhere from 54 to 215 days, but on average it takes about 100.
Habitat and Behavior:
German cockroaches are drawn to warm and damp places. They are commonly found indoors, especially kitchens and bathrooms. If they can find enough moisture and food in other parts of the home, they will go there as well. They can enter the home through bags, boxes, or cardboard containers. Once they are inside the home, the population grows quickly.
They eat sweet and floury food, but they will also eat nonorganic items like toothpaste and books.
Level of Danger:
Like other cockroaches, German cockroaches are known for transmitting various diseases. Because they are commonly found indoors, it is important to get rid of them to protect you and your family from contracting any diseases that they might carry. Call professionals, like those at Nashville Pest Control, to get rid of them for you. Professionals are the only ones who can correctly identify and get rid of them completely.
Signs of Infestation:
If you have an infestation of German cockroaches, you might see signs of their excrement on counter tops or in drawers. It is small, dark, and a pepper like material.
You might also see the remains of the egg case in locations that females frequent, because the females hide the egg case right before they hatch.
Because they reproduce so quickly and do not have many natural predators, the population grows rapidly. If the population is high enough, you might detect a musty odor.
To prevent a German cockroach infestation, you can do the usual things, like removing clutter and preventing moisture buildup inside the home.
Once they are inside the home, contact Nashville Pest Control immediately, so they don’t take over your home and spread disease.