The German cockroach is known as a filth roach due to the food it desires and the life that it leads. In the St. George area German cockroaches are rarest of the four roaches (American, Turkistan, Oriental, & German). They are, however, the worst to have. The American, Turkistan, and Oriental cockroaches can be looked at as somewhat dumb roaches. They travel into our homes and offices looking for food, water, and shelter. These roaches typically gain access to our homes and offices through doorways, open windows and major crack around the premises. Under normal circumstances a perimeter treatment is enough to eliminate these foes. Not so with the German cockroach. The German roach is predominantly a hitchhiker gaining access to your home by traveling from an infected location to your home via…well you. They will gain access by hitching a ride on your book bag, briefcase, purse, groceries, second-hand furniture, or even on your person. Once inside your home or office they will actively seek out dark and secluded location to hide and reproduce. Each female can produce roughly 200 babies. In our southern Utah heat a roach can develop in as little as 50 days, meaning you can have 6 generations of roaches infesting your home in just one year.
German cockroaches are light brown in color and are marked with two dark brown stripes on their pronotum shield that is located in an area which we would call our shoulder blades. Mature adult German cockroaches are about 13 mm to 16 mm long. German roaches do have wings but do not fly.
The nymphs (juvenile roaches) look similar to adults but lack wings. Also their dark brown strip traces their entire body rather than just the pronotum (shoulder blade area on a human). The egg sack, called an ootheca, is a yellowish tan and looks like a tiny purse.
If you even think you might have the possibility of having German cockroaches call us for a full inspection…yes German cockroaches are that bad. In our next installment of our “Bugged Out Blog”, I will explain what goes into a German cockroach eradication program. If you have any questions please post them below. Have a great day.