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 can be distinguished from other roaches by two dark parallel stripes on the anterior, dorsal part of the thorax. If it isn’t the size of your thumb and it is reddish brown to black, it’s a female wood roach. If it is dark mahogany and the size of your thumb, then it is a smoky brown roach. If it is larger (up to 1.5 inches), has wings, and is reddish-brown using a lighter border over the mind, then it’s 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 about 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, generally 3-4 generations per year. As it is most commonly found inside, it prefers wet, humid conditions and are typically located in kitchens and bathrooms in houses and commercial properties.
Adults are half an inch long, light to medium brown with two dark distinctive stripes behind the head. The young are wingless, smaller and much darker in colour, with a light stripe on their backs. German cockroaches will eat anything. They stay near food and water source. Ladies replicate 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’ve run them into each other with the repellent effect of insecticides.
If the population is large enough, they will spread over adjoining rooms. They move around freely at night, however, if you see them during the day, it probably 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 percent of the time in these places breeding.
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