German Cockroach Appearance and Size Facts
There are thousands of species of cockroaches that can be found across the world. Though you may think the most common variety of roach in the U.S. would be the American cockroach, the German cockroach is the most prolific.
These brown thumb-sized insects are notoriously hard to find and kill due to their resilience and tendency to nest in out-of-sight places. With the risk of germs and diseases coming into your home, it is crucial to understand how to identify German cockroaches and the damage they cause.
Identifying German Cockroaches From Other Cockroaches
When compared to other cockroach species, the German cockroach is relatively small at one-half to five-eighths inches in length. Their small size is their most prominent identifying feature, but you can also tell the difference by examining the coloration on their backs. German cockroaches are light brown and have two dark stripes that run parallel down their flat, oval-shaped bodies.
Beyond these differences, German cockroaches can be quite difficult to differentiate from others through the untrained eye. Knowing the exact pest you are dealing with is vital to creating the best pest control program for you, and an experienced cockroach exterminator from Hulett is trained to do exactly that.
Behavior and Habitat of German Roaches
German cockroaches are known for their nocturnal activity, primarily coming out at night to search for food and water. Their preference for warm, humid environments makes them hide in cracks, crevices, and dark corners during the day. These pests are also skilled climbers, allowing them to infest various areas within a building, including kitchens, bathrooms, and utility rooms.
Unlike some other cockroach species that may establish outdoor nests, German cockroaches are typically indoor pests. They can be found near food sources, moisture, and warmth, making German cockroaches a particularly common sighting in Florida.
Signs of Infestation of German Roaches
Like other cockroaches, German cockroaches can remain hidden for extended periods before they are noticed, allowing them to rapidly multiply without being discovered. It is crucial to find and eliminate the roaches in your home before they can spread, so keep an eye out for these signs if you suspect roaches may be roaming in your home:
Identifying a German cockroach infestation involves recognizing these telltale signs:
Small droppings. Look for tiny, dark droppings resembling grains of ground pepper, typically found near food sources and hiding spots.
Egg capsules. German cockroaches produce small, brownish egg capsules known as oothecae that contain multiple eggs. These capsules can be found in hidden cracks and crevices.
Musty odor. An unpleasant, musty odor can be a sign of a significant infestation.
Tips for Prevention of German Roaches
Start by taking away the factors that draw roaches in. That means cleaning up any standing water in your garage or kitchen, properly sealing trash bags and disposing of garbage, and ensuring all your food, even for pets, is sealed from the air.
But German cockroaches are not picky eaters. They will more than happily eat and reproduce anywhere, even in cardboard boxes and furniture stored in your attic, so be sure to check all your stored seasonal items for signs of roaches.
Getting Rid of German Cockroaches
German cockroaches reproduce rapidly, making early intervention essential for effective control. Attempting to eliminate them with over-the-counter products often proves ineffective and does have the lasting effect of making sure the roaches stay away. Remember, the best people to kill roaches are those who know them best. If you are trying to figure out how to get rid of German cockroaches at their source, you need an expert from Hulett.
Effective German Cockroach Control Solutions
Hulett Environmental Services’ comprehensive pest control solutions are specifically tailored to target German cockroaches. Our experienced pest professionals conduct thorough inspections to locate infestations and devise effective treatment plans that will help you take back control over your home from German cockroaches along with our entire catalog of pests we treat.