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German Cockroach


Actual Size: 1/2 – 5/8″

Characteristics: Pale brown in color with two dark longitudinal stripes behind the head.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes, but rarely fly.

Habitat: Prefer humid, warm areas. Often found in residential and commercial kitchens as well as bathrooms. Usually in areas where people eat and drink.


  • Both sexes fully winged, but do not fly.
  • Can live in big colonies as they reproduce quickly.
  • Lives indoors, completely dependent on human habitats for survival.

German Cockroaches in Salina

The German cockroach is a worldwide pest and we’re no exception here in Salina. The most prevalent species in and around homes, apartments, supermarkets, food processing plants, and restaurants, even vessels at sea — cruise ships and naval ships, especially — can be heavily infested with German cockroaches. These roaches prefer warm humid environments and infestations are frequently found in residential and commercial kitchen environments, as well as bathrooms. When infestations are large, they can spread to other parts of a building. This species reproduces the fastest of the common pest cockroaches—a single female and her offspring can produce over 30,000 offspring in a year.

German Cockroach Habitat

Found primarily in kitchens, bathrooms, or other areas where daily access to water is available. If sanitation is poor, the German cockroach can successfully expand its normal habitat to include all portions of a structure where adequate food, water, and shelter exist. German cockroaches prefer to hide in wooden and paper materials, as well as electrical equipment. German roaches will also hide in cabinets, drawers, up under sinks, and inside heat-producing appliances like dishwashers, microwaves, and coffee makers.

German Cockroach Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

German cockroaches don’t bite humans, but foraging cockroaches are vectors of disease as they track filth wherever they go. They also cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals, including skin rashes, watery eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion, and asthma. In addition to spreading disease, German cockroach infestations may cause human psychological stress. With the social stigma attached to having cockroaches in your home, homeowners tend to alter their behavior by entertaining less often and avoiding kitchen and bathroom areas at night for fear of encountering the pest.

German cockroaches can multiply rapidly, which means that a cockroach infestation should be addressed immediately by a professional cockroach exterminator.

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