- Scientific name: Blatella germanica
- Named because it was thought to have originated from Germany
- Is indigenous to Ethiopa/Northeast Africa.
- Found in all continents except Antarctica
- Reproduce faster than any other roach species
- Prefer small confined spaces
- Cannot survive cold temperatures hence why they find shelter in human homes
- Lack natural predators in a human habitat
- Can adapt and immunize themselves from certain pesticides
- There is a strain of German cockroach that finds the taste of sugar bitter so they will not go after sweetened baits.
- ½ inch in size
- Colors vary from tan to black
Mannerisms of German Cockroaches
- Nocturnal, but are occasionally seen during the day
- Will eat meats, starches, sugars, and fatty foods.
- Will eat soap, glue, and toothpaste if previously mentioned foods are scarce.
- Will resort to cannibalism if there is a famine.
- Emit an unpleasant odor when excited or frightened
- Females store eggs in an ootheca or pouch on her abdomen until they hatch
- Place roach baits in areas where they are common such as underneath sinks, along baseboards, and in corners.
- This roach pest control method may take several weeks and only kill the first generation of roaches so habitually replacing spent baits may be necessary.
- Deny them a water source as they cannot survive a week without it.
- This will make them hungrier and more likely to go for various baits.
- Clean up any spills, crumbs, etcetera around the home.