The German cockroach is a well-known indoor cockroach that is easily recognized by their light brown or tan coloring. They have two horizontal stripes behind their head and can grow to lengths of 13-16mm. Although they have wings, they rarely fly and rather prefer to run. They prefer warmer, humid environments and can often be found in kitchens and bathrooms. They are often introduced into a building by traveling in boxes, old appliances, furniture, etc. They thrive with even the smallest bit of food like crumbs missed when sweeping or leaving dirty dishes in the sink. If in a multi-unit building, These cockroaches will take advantage of the connected plumbing system and use it to travel between rooms and floor, creating a more complex roach infestation. They are scavengers and will feed on almost anything – including soap, toothpaste, and glue!
Signs of a German cockroach infestation include “pepper-like” cockroach droppings left on countertops or inside drawers, empty egg cases, fecal staining may appear as dark spots or smears in the corners of rooms or along the tops of doors. Infestations of these pests are especially troublesome for sanitation reasons, as the German cockroach has been known to spread outbreaks of illness and allergic reactions. They pick up germs and bacteria on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through sewage and decay and then carry them onto food or surfaces that come into contact with food. They have been shown to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, 6 types of parasitic worms, and at least 7 other kinds of human pathogens. In addition, they have been studied on their effects of allergic reactions, specifically as it relates to asthma attacks in children.
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