What Adult German Roaches Look Like:
What Baby German Roaches Look Like:
German cockroach hatchlings are round or teardrop-shaped and about the size of a typed period. The roach body shape changes from rounded to teardrop-shaped then their final elongated cigar-like shape. Their coloring changes as they grow. The young start as very dark brown with a small tan area on their back, while the adult has a nearly all light to medium brown body and the characteristic two parallel dark stripes on the pronotum.
German Roaches vs Asian Roaches:
Where German Roaches Live:
The German cockroach will also hide in pedestrian door hinges, between baseboards and floors, and the joint where the ceiling and wall meet. Additionally, you may find them inside any electronic device or appliance, between warm plugged-in transformers and their outlets, and computers.
Health Impacts of Cockroaches:
Where German Roaches Come From:
How to Get Rid of German Roaches:
- Keep your home clean and free of food scraps. Roaches thrive on food such as trash, dirty dishes, and leftover grease, as well as residues from toothbrushes and dish sponges. They can even survive through cannibalism, eating roach feces and exoskeletons. Good basic sanitation can not only prevent a roach infestation but also significantly improve the effectiveness of treatment.
- Place bait traps where you most often see the roaches. The proper use of gel baits can often eradicate a German roach infestation. The key is place the bait in the specific spots within the room where roaches and/or their fecal pellets have been spotted. Near the coffee maker, on the floor by the stove, and on the wall behind the sink are common crevices where bait should be applied. Bait placements are ideally about the size of a pea.
- Use caution when placing bait. Do not apply the bait to areas that come into contact with food, or that are accessible to children or pets.
- Reapply bait to avoid re-infestation by new hatchlings. Re-bait three to four weeks after the initial treatment, to ensure that new roach hatchlings have fresh, palatable bait on which to feed and kill themselves.
- Refer to a professional exterminator for faster treatment. A seasoned professional can usually eradicate a roach infestation faster than a homeowner by virtue of experience. German cockroaches are often elusive, reproduce quickly, and pose numerous health hazards. For these reasons, it is most effective to allow a professional to handle their extermination.