German Cockroach

German Cockroach

German cockroaches are the most common inside species, the most difficult to control, and are generally referred to as restaurant roaches. They are frequent pests in homes, hospitals, zoos, restaurants, and are very well-traveled. They prefer warm, humid environments such as kitchens, bathrooms, and food preparation areas. The adults have two dark longitudinal streaks on top of the thorax (chest), are medium brown in color, and are about ½-inch in length and very narrow. They closely resemble Asian cockroaches but can be separated by their slightly darker color and shorter wings.

The German cockroach has the highest reproduction potential of all the cockroach species. The females prefer a warm climate to lay their eggs. They live only about 200 days but are capable of producing up to 8 egg capsules. They carry the egg capsule during most of the incubation period. Each of which is capable of producing up to 50 eggs that will hatch in about 4 weeks.