How to Identify German Cockroaches


Adults are a medium brown and are about 1/2 – 5/8” long. German Cockroaches have two dark stripes on their pronotum (head region), which distinguishes them from other cockroaches. Immature German Cockroaches resemble adults except they are smaller, nearly black in color, and have a single light stripe down the middle of the back.


German Cockroaches are usually found near sources of moisture usually in the kitchen and bathroom. Look for them in cracks, crevices, and voids around and under cabinets, appliances, behind pictures and molding and in other dark, undisturbed areas.

German Cockroaches found throughout a building away from food sources are usually considered a heavy infestation, or if they are seen in the home in broad daylight.

German Cockroaches pose a major health problem because of the diseases they carry, including different forms of gastroenteritis such as food poisoning and dysentery, allergens, as well as other disease-producing protozoa and bacteria.


Sanitation is tremendously important to controlling German Cockroaches; however, no home is immune from their presence. In addition, make sure any products (especially boxes or paper products) brought into the home are free of roaches.


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About Cockroaches

  • There are about a half dozen species of cockroaches, but they all have six legs and two antennae.
  • Poor housekeeping is just one of many reasons for a cockroach infestation.
  • They breed quickly, so they’re hard to get rid of without professional help.