What is an German Cockroach?
The German cockroach is the most common cockroach species found worldwide. While German cockroach infestations occur in a variety of human occupied spaces, they are most often associated with restaurants, food processing facilities, hotels, nursing homes and other institutional facilities. PMi offers full commercial pest control services including treatment for German Cockroaches.
- Color: Light brown to tan, with two dark, almost parallel stripes located on their backs, just behind their heads
- Legs: 6
- Shape: Oval
- Size: ½”-5/8” long
- Antennae: Yes
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What Do German Cockroaches Look Like?
Signs of a German Cockroach Infestation
When German cockroach populations are present in large numbers, it may be possible to detect a mild, somewhat “musty” odor.
German Cockroach Prevention
How to Get Rid of German Cockroaches
The best advice for German cockroach control is to practice good sanitation. To prevent German cockroaches from infesting a home or business, people should maintain a clean kitchen by cleaning up crumbs, wiping spills and vacuuming often. Avoid leaving dishes pile up in the sink. It is also important to seal all entrances to the structure, especially around utility pipes, and ventilate crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup. If there is evidence of a German cockroach infestation, contact PMi to inspect and treat the German cockroach problem.
German cockroaches can breed at a rate of up to six generations per year, so a treatment plan may be necessary to ensure the infestations remains in check.
More than just a nuisance, German cockroaches have been implicated in outbreaks of illness and allergic reactions in many people. Cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. They can pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then carry these into food or onto food surfaces. Medical studies have shown that German cockroaches cause allergic reactions and can exacerbate asthma attacks, especially in children. This makes German cockroach control incredibly vital.