German cockroach

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German Cockroach Identification

Size: 13 to 16 mm long (adults).

Colour: Light brown to tan.

Description: Insects with elongated, flat bodies, six legs, and two antennae connected to their head. They also have a shield-like segment located behind their head that has two dark parallel bars on it.

Order/Family: Blattodea/Blattellidae

Scientific Name: Blattella germanica

Did You Know?

This cockroach has a sticky pad (arolium) on their feet, allowing them to climb smooth surfaces.

German Cockroach Biology

Adult German cockroaches grow up to 16 mm long, are light brown to tan in colour, and have fully developed wings. The shield-like segment located behind their head has two dark parallel bars on it. A baby German cockroach or nymph is 1/8 inch long in size when they emerge from their egg capsule. They are almost uniformly dark, with the exception of a light tan area on the back of the second and third segments. This cockroach species’ eggs are a light brown colour and are 1/4 to 3/4 inches long. Typically, each egg capsule has 15 to 20 eggs per side.

German Cockroach Behaviour, Diet, Habitat and Life Cycle

During her lifetime, the female German cockroach produces four to eight egg capsules, each containing 30 to 40 eggs. Approximately one or two days before hatching, she drops the egg capsule in a sheltered area. A baby nymph molts six to seven times before becoming an adult. This requires about 103 days, thus allowing three to four generations per year. Adults can live up to 100 to 200 days.

This cockroach species typically infests kitchens and bathrooms, but will live anywhere inside heated structures with readily accessible food, water, and harbourage. This cockroach eats sweets, meats and starches, and gains access to homes and businesses in grocery bags, cardboard boxes and infested equipment such as refrigerators, toasters, and microwaves. A nocturnal pest that sometimes appears in daytime too, German cockroaches mostly leave their harbourage areas at night to find food and water.

Wondering How To Get Rid Of German Cockroaches?

Eliminate your residential or commercial German cockroach infestation with Terminix Canada. Remember, an effective cockroach removal program depends on diligent sanitation to eliminate excess food, water, and harbourage areas.

The use of gel baits and dust are the most effective means of cockroach control. Glue traps are helpful, but are seen more as monitoring devices than a control tactic. A thorough vacuuming of harbourage areas is also beneficial in neutralizing cockroach populations by destroying German cockroach eggs.

Ultimately, this cockroach species lays eggs aggressively and requires a steadfast treatment to get rid of them. Our team of professionals know which cockroach tactics to deploy so troublesome cockroach infestations can be tackled swiftly and effectively.

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