German Cockroach Identification & Control

The most common pests found inhabiting multifamily dwellings and office buildings is the German cockroach. The German cockroach is oftentimes confused with the Asian cockroach. Although they may look similar in appearance, there are some subtle differences between the two that can be seen by a trained eye. The German cockroach is light brown or tan, has two (2) black stripes behind the head and is approximately between 13-16mm and prefers to run then fly.

While the Asian cockroach is light brown, has two (2) black stripes behind the head, their length in size is approximately between 13-16mm and they are capable of flying. They prefer to live outdoors in mulch, compost, leaf litter and lawns.

The eggs are carried in an egg case called an ootheca by the female until just before the hatch occurs. The ootheca can be seen protruding from the posterior end also known as the genital chamber of the female. Nymphs will oftentimes hatch from the ootheca while being carried by the female. An egg can contain approximately thirty (30) to forty (40) eggs. The case is tiny, brown and the capsule is purse shaped. The German cockroach is omnivorous. They eat pretty much anything (ex: food left on tables, food left on dishes and sponges in the sink, garbage, pet food and even book bindings).

In order for German cockroaches to survive, they must be in close proximity to humans and human activity. German cockroaches contaminate food with their feces and body secretions, they transport bacteria and often have pathogenic organisms which may bring about a severe allergic reaction and other respiratory issues. In highly infested areas, they have also been reported to bite and feed on food residue on the faces of people who are asleep.

Treatment & Control

Many people associate a cockroach with poor sanitary conditions. This may not always be the case. Cockroaches are oftentimes brought in by mail, boxes, packages, groceries, furniture, luggage and from out of town visitors. The treatment and management of cockroaches is a process and not a one time event. There are many treatment options available to help control and keep German cockroaches at bay. Improving sanitation by eliminating food, water, harborage, repairing any water leaks, sealing cracks and crevices can have a major impact on reducing if not eliminating the chances of a reoccurrence from happening again.

Our technicians here at Trapline Pest Solutions are trained in managing cockroach infestations. We can keep these pests out of your home or office and send them packing. Call Trapline Pest Solutions today to schedule your free inspection at (407) 970-5645

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