German Cockroach Information

Life Cycle

German cockroaches are about 1/2 an inch in length and light brown in color, with 2 lengthwise black stripes behind their heads. Females can produce 7 egg capsules in a lifetime, each holding roughly 48 eggs. A mother will drop the egg capsule near a food source. Once they start hatching, it will only take a newborn cockroach a few weeks before they can reproduce. German cockroaches are most commonly found in the kitchen and bathrooms. They like moist hot areas and feed on sweets, grease and starches.  The organisms that carry these diseases are carried on the legs and bodies of cockroaches and are deposited on food and utensils. You can get food poisoning, diarrhea and other illnesses.

Prevention

Sanitation is the first thing to do to help prevent the problem from getting worse. Remove all indoor trash frequently and keep all kitchen appliances clean including the fridge, stove, microwave and toaster. Keep all kitchen counters and drawers clean and clear of food debris.

Areas to check:

  • Behind and under the fridge, stove, microwave and toaster.
  • Underneath all counter tops in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • In all cabinet corners, cracks and crevices.
  • In and around all electrical outlets.

Any holes where pipes go through underneath the kitchen and bathroom sinks should be sealed. You should even caulk underneath all counter tops. Those are all areas where cockroaches will nest. Contact a pest control company before treating yourself.