German Roach

FACTS, IDENTIFICATION & CONTROL

1.     Appearance:

-Size: about  ½ inch in size

-Color: light brown to black in color with two dark stripes running down from the head to the wings.

-Other: (distinguishing facts) Adults have wings, but can not sustain flight.

2.     Behavior:

-Life cycle: German roaches mature through incomplete metamorphosis. They hatch from an egg into a nymph, then into an adult with wings. Nymphs do not have wings.

-Reproductive cycle: The female German cockroach only needs to mate once to then have 3 to 7 egg capsules called an ootheca which can carry 20 to 40 nymphs and can hatch from 1 to 2 days. Once fertile, the female will carry the egg capsule until it is ready to hatch. This is the only cockroach that exhibits this behavior.

-Diet: German roaches are omnivorous and scavengers. They can eat anything from starches, grease, meats, to dust, hair, and even each other.

-Habits: German Roaches are practically blind. They can only see movement and light. With the use of their antennae they rely on “smell” to find food and nests. Are nocturnal pests, but daytime activity is common if infestations are present.

3.     Habitat

-Location: Nests will be established close to a food and water source. They prefer tight hidden areas, particularly cracks.

-Conducive conditions: moisture, food debris, and spilled foods will ensure roach infestations. Control of these pest starts with good sanitation practices.

4.     Damages and Hazards

-German roaches are filth pests that can contaminate food. Excess droppings can cause asthma and other lung related issues.

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