What do German cockroaches look like and where do you see them? Usually found in the kitchen area, this insect is little, 1/2 inch to 5/8 inch in length, and medium yellowish-brown. German roaches could be distinguished from other roaches by two dark parallel stripes on the anterior, dorsal portion of the thorax. If it is not the size of your thumb and it’s reddish brown to black, it is a female wood roach. If It’s dark mahogany and the size of your thumb, then it is a smoky brown roach. If it is bigger (up to 1.5 inches), has wings, and is reddish-brown using a lighter edge over the mind, then it is an American roach.
Notorious for their world-wide supply, German cockroaches are easily identifiable by 2 dark longitudinal stripes on their pronotum. Adults grow to approximately 12-15mm in length. Females carry 35 – 40 eggs in an ootheca (egg case) until they are ready to hatch. Hatch in 1 month. Nymphs take between 6 weeks to 6 months to develop into adults, normally 3-4 generations annually. As it is most commonly found indoors, it prefers wet, humid conditions and are typically found in kitchens and bathrooms in homes and commercial properties.
Adults are half an inch long, light to medium brown with 2 dark, distinctive stripes behind the head. The young are wingless, smaller and much darker in color, with a light stripe on their backs. German cockroaches will eat anything. They stay near food and water source. Females reproduce one egg capsule every 3-4 weeks. Each capsule contains 25-45 eggs. Infestations are often found in kitchens, bathrooms, but can inhabit different areas if there’s a heavy population or you have run them into each other with the repellent effect of insecticides.
If the population is large enough, they will spread over adjacent rooms. They move around freely at night, however, if you see them during the day, it most likely is because of overcrowding in their hiding places or a lack of food and water supply. Cracks and crevices are their nesting areas; they spend about 75% of the time in these places breeding.
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