German Cockroach Identification and Elimination
German Cockroaches, Blattella germanica (L.), are the most common roaches found in houses and
restaurants. German Cockroaches do not like motion and usually avoid light, so if you are seeing them in the
daytime while you are moving about the room, you probably have a larger population than you realize. These
pests also prefer to hide within five feet or less of their food and water source.
Adult  German Cockroaches are light brown except
for the shield behind the head marked with two
dark stripes and a single light stripe running down
the middle of the back. The adults are about 5/8
inch long. Their egg capsules are light tan and
usually yield about 36 offspring. Most Cockroaches
have a flattened, oval shape, spiny legs, and long,
filamentous antennae. Immature stages are
smaller, have undeveloped wings and resemble the
adults.

They eat food of all kinds including other dead
Cockroaches and may hitchhike into the house on
egg cartons, soft drink cartons, sacks of potatoes or
onions, used furniture or appliances, beer cases,
etc. Produce departments, pawn shops, nursing
homes and other such places are constantly
fighting German Cockroaches (as a general rule)
and are notorious for being the source of
residential infestations.

Once they hitchhike into your home, German
Cockroaches generally infest kitchens and
bathrooms. During the day, these roaches may be
found hiding clustered behind baseboard moldings,
pictures and clocks, in cracks around cabinets,
closets or pantries, and in and under stoves,
refrigerators and dishwashers.

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German Cockroach females, unlike most other
roaches, carry the egg capsule protruding from their
abdomen until their capsules ready to split open.
During the last three or four days prior to dropping
her egg case, the female German Cockroach does
not forage for food or water. The case is then placed
in a secluded location, with the nymphs emerging
sometimes within the hour or as long as a week.

A female may produce four to six cases during her
lifetime, each containing 30 to 40 eggs. Eggs hatch
in 28 to 30 days, and nymphs develop in 40 to 125
days. Female roaches live about 200 days, with
males living not quite as long. The German
Cockroach produces more eggs and has more
generations per year (three to four) than any other
cockroach, and only a few individuals are needed
to develop into troublesome infestations.

Inspect sacks, cartons and boxes, etc., brought into
your home. Sanitation is critical in the prevention
of Cockroach infestations. Clean up spilled foods
and liquids, avoid leaving scraps of food on
unwashed dishes and counter tops, keep food in
tightly sealed containers, rinse cans and bottles
before putting them in trash and transfer garbage
outdoors into roach-proof receptacles.
Adult German Cockroach
Female German Cockroach carrying egg sac
German Cockroach egg sac
German Cockroach complete life cycle
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