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GERMAN COCKROACHES

german cockroach

GERMAN COCKROACHES

The German cockroach is the most common species of the cockroach as they can breed at a rate of up to six generations per year.  German cockroaches prefer to live in warm, humid places close to food and moisture source and are frequently found in kitchen environments and bathrooms. 

They are light brown to tan in color with two dark, almost parallel stripes located on their backs, just behind their heads.  They have six legs and are oval in shape and are small only ½ -5/8 long and found throughout the country. The German cockroach has three developmental stages: egg, nymph, and adult. Females produce a light brown, purse-shaped egg capsule that is less than 1/4 inch long and contains two rows of eggs. Each capsule contains up to 48 eggs. The adult females usually produce from four to eight egg capsules during their lifetime. At room temperature, one capsule is produced about every 6 weeks. Egg capsules are carried, protruding from the abdomen, until hatching time when they are deposited into crevices and other sheltered locations.

Another interesting fact is the German cockroach can live even when they are headless, for about a week. How you ask? Their brains do not control all of their functions. The organs that control the vital functions can be found in the thorax or the middle part of the cockroach. Therefore, a cockroach can lose its head and still survive. It won’t be able to drink, though, so it eventually dies of thirst.

German cockroaches are good hitchhikers and often find their way into your home through grocery bags, cardboard boxes, drink cartons and secondhand appliances.  It would be wise to unpack the bags and boxes in your garage.

In addition to being a nuisance, the German cockroach has been known to cause allergic reactions in many people.  They 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 cockroach allergens cause allergic reactions and can exacerbate asthma attacks, especially in children. This makes German cockroach control incredibly vital.

To prevent German cockroaches from infesting the space keep a spotless kitchen, seal all entrances around utility pipes and ventilate crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup. If there is evidence of a cockroach infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the German cockroach problem.

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