The German Cockroach (Blattella germanica)
The German cockroach is the ultimate survivor. They eat just about anything, can live just about anywhere, and can become resistant to commonly used insecticides. The German cockroach is the most common roach to infest homes in the United States. Luckily they are not the most common to infest homes in St. George. They can carry dysentery, salmonella, and staphylococcus. What more, their excrement contains numerous allergens. All in all, not a roach you want visiting you!
These insects are particularly associated with restaurants and less than sanitary homes. However, a home can be perfectly clean and still contract German cockroaches. This is typically done via “hitch-hiking” where a roach is picked up and hides on your clothing, vehicle, purse, or computer bag.
The German cockroach is originally from Africa. Sightings are most commonly reported in the evening hours, as they are most active at night. If you see them during the day, typically the infestation has reached a high mark.
Adults are 5/8” long with light brown with two dark longitudinal strips down their pronotal shield (where our shoulder blades would be). The nymphs (juveniles) are light brown with two dark strips down their entire body. The German cockroach prefers dark, moist, & warm areas in the kitchen but they will infest anywhere.
It might sound strange, but German cockroaches are my specialty. I enjoy the challenge of getting rid of these little buggers. Southwest Exterminators utilizes a five pronged, single service German roach elimination program. We will rid you home or restaurant of these roaches in one service at competitive prices! If you think you have German cockroaches or have any question related to pest control give me a call at 435-628-2700. Thank you and have a great day!