Pest control service in Noordhoek & Fishoek
CRAWLING INSECTS    

GERMAN COCKROACHES

Facts, Identification & Control

Latin Name (Blattella germanica)

Appearance
German cockroaches are well-known indoor cockroaches with a distribution that is world-wide. Adults are easily recognized by their light brown or tan coloration with two black horizontal stripes located on the pronotum immediately behind the head, and growing to a length of 13 to 16 mm. The much smaller young, or nymphs, are darker, almost black in color, also with the black stripes behind the head.

While adult German cockroaches have wings, they rarely fly, preferring to run.

Behavior, Diet & Habits
Although capable of living outdoors in tropical environments, German cockroaches are most commonly found indoors, with a preference for the warmer and more humid areas of a structure. In homes, these insects will typically be found in kitchens and bathrooms, but can move to other areas of a home if food and moisture are available.

In most cases, German cockroaches are introduced into a structure or residence when bags, boxes or cardboard containers are brought into the home. They may even be brought in with used appliances. In multiunit apartment buildings and flats complexes, German cockroaches can easily move between units, using the shared plumbing and pipes as a highway.

German cockroaches are scavengers, capable of feeding on most any food source available, including toothpaste, soap and the bindings of books. These pests are known for their ability to capitalize on the availability of even the smallest amounts of food by feeding on crumbs missed during cleaning or feeding on the dirty dishes left in the sink overnight.

Reproduction
German cockroaches are known for their ability to reproduce quickly. Female German cockroaches only need to mate once for the production of young. After mating, and under normal conditions, they will produce, on average, 4 to 6 egg cases during the course of their lives, with each egg case, or ootheca, containing approximately 30 to 40 eggs. This egg case is then carried by the female until 1 to 2 days before hatching. Depending upon the conditions, the average time for development, from egg to adult can range from 54 to 215 days, with an average of approximately 100 days. As adults, German cockroaches can survive anywhere from 100 to 200 days.

Signs of a German Cockroach Infestation

Droppings

German cockroach droppings may appear as small, dark, “pepper-like” material left on countertops or in drawers. Fecal staining may appear as dark spots or smears, some that are slightly raised, in the corners of rooms, along the tops of doors or around small cracks and openings into walls.

Egg Capsules
Since German cockroach females carries their egg case until 1 to 2 days before depositing it, empty egg cases may be found in areas that the females frequent.

Odor
German cockroaches are also known to secrete a number of odorous compounds. When populations are present in large numbers, it may be possible to detect a mild, or what some have reported as a “musty” odor.

More Information

German Cockroach Illustration

Asian cockroaches, a pest of the southeastern United States, is often mistaken for the German cockroach. Similar in appearance, the main differences between the two are evident in their behavior. While German cockroaches are known as a pest of structures, found frequently in areas of high humidity and temperature, Asian cockroaches are most frequently found outdoors, and only occasionally make their way into structures. In addition, Asian cockroaches are known for their ability to fly, whereas German cockroaches rarely use their wings for flight and prefer to run from danger.

German cockroaches are also known for their ability to transmit a number of pathogens, including E. coli, Salmonella spp. and Typhus. Recent studies have also indicated that in larger metropolitan areas, the development of asthma in children can be directly linked to the presence of German cockroaches.

Control of German Cockroaches

German cockroaches produce a large number of nymphs in each ootheca. Their small size allows them to hide more efficiently, and they have few natural predators inside human habitats. For these reasons, German cockroach populations tend to grow rapidly and require professional treatment. Contact your local pest control expert for a consultation.

We have technicians across the Western Cape which always puts a VERM-X operator within easy reach.

We do Pest control for crawling insects in the following areas:
Cockroach control in Athlone
Cockroach control in Atlantic Seaboard
Cockroach control on Bantry Bay
Cockroach control in Belhar
Cockroach control in Bellville
Cockroach control in Bergvliet
Cockroach control in Bishop Lavis
Cockroach control in Bishopscourt
Cockroach control in Bloubergstrand
Cockroach control in Blue Downs
Cockroach control in Bo-Kaap
Cockroach control in Bonteheuwel
Cockroach control in Bothasig
Cockroach control in Brackenfell
Cockroach control in Brooklyn
Cockroach control in Camps Bay
Cockroach control in Canal Walk
Cockroach control in Cape Flats
Cockroach control in Cape Town
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Cockroach control in Capri Village
Cockroach control in City Bowl
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Cockroach control in Clifton
Cockroach control in Clovelly
Cockroach control in Constantia
Cockroach control in Crawford
Cockroach control in Delft
Cockroach control in Diep River
Cockroach control in Durbanville
Cockroach control in Edgemead
Cockroach control in Electric City
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Cockroach control in Fish Hoek
Cockroach control in Foreshore
Cockroach control in Fresnaye
Cockroach control in Gardens
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Cockroach control in Goodwood
Cockroach control in Grassy Park
Cockroach control in Green Point
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Cockroach control in Helderberg
Cockroach control in Hout Bay
Cockroach control in Imizamo
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Cockroach control in Kalksteenfontein
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Cockroach control in Kensington
Cockroach control in Khayelitsha
Cockroach control in Kirstenhof
Cockroach control in Kommetjie
Cockroach control in Kraaifontein
Cockroach control in Kuils River
Cockroach control in Lakeside
Cockroach control in Langa
Cockroach control in Lansdowne
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Cockroach control in Llandudno
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Cockroach control in Macassar
Cockroach control in Maitland
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Cockroach control in Plumstead
Cockroach control in Retreat
Cockroach control in Rondebosch
Cockroach control in Rondebosch East
Cockroach control in Rosebank
Cockroach control in Salt River
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Cockroach control in Scarborough
Cockroach control in Schotse Kloof
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Cockroach control in Somerset West
Cockroach control in South Peninsula
Cockroach control in Southern Peninsula
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Cockroach control in St James
Cockroach control in Steenberg
Cockroach control in Stellenbosch
Cockroach control in Strand
Cockroach control in Strandfontein
Cockroach control in Sun Valley
Cockroach control in Sunnydale
Cockroach control in Table View
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Cockroach control in Tamboerskloof
Cockroach control in the Cape Flats
Cockroach control in the Northern Suburbs
Cockroach control in Thornton
Cockroach control in Three Anchor Bay
Cockroach control in Tokai
Cockroach control in Upper Woodstock
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Cockroach control in Walmer
Cockroach control in Waterfront
Cockroach control in West Bea
Cockroach control in West Coast
Cockroach control in Wetton
Cockroach control in Woodstock
Cockroach control in Wynberg
Cockroach control in Yethu
Cockroach control in Zonnebloem
Pest control in Athlone
Pest control in Atlantic Seaboard
Pest control in Bantry Bay
Pest control in Belhar
Pest control in Bellville
Pest control in Bergvliet
Pest control in Bishop Lavis
Pest control in Bishops court
Pest control in Blouberg strand
Pest control in Blue Downs
Pest control in Bo-Kaap
Pest control in Bonteheuwel 
Pest control in Bothasig
Pest control in Brackenfell
Pest control in Brooklyn
Pest control in Camps Bay
Pest control in Century City
Pest control in Cape Flats
Pest control in Cape Town
Pest control in CAPE TOWN CBD
Pest control in Capri Village 
Pest control in City Bowl
Pest control in Claremont
Pest control in Clifton
Pest control in Clovelly
Pest control in Constantia
Pest control in Crawford
Pest control in Diep River
Pest control in Durbanville
Pest control in Edgemead
Pest control in Electric City
Pest control in Epping
Pest control in Fish Hoek
Pest control in Foreshore
Pest control in Fresnaye
Pest control in Montague Gardens
Pest control in Glencairn
Pest control in Goodwood
Pest control in Grassy Park
Pest control in Green Point
Pest control in Heathfield
Pest control in Helderberg
Pest control in Hout Bay
Pest control in Kalk Bay
Pest control in Kenilworth
Pest control in Kensington
Pest control in Kirstenhof
Pest control in Kommetjie
Pest control in Kraaifontein
Pest control in Kuils River
Pest control in Lakeside
Pest control in Lansdowne
Pest control in Llandudno
Pest control in Maitland
Pest control in Marina da Gama
Pest control in Milnerton
Pest control in Monte Vista
Pest control in Mouille Point
Pest control in Mowbray
Pest control in Muizenberg
Pest control in Newlands
Pest control in Noordhoek
Pest control in Northern Suburbs
Pest control in Observatory
Pest control in Ocean View
Pest control in Oranjezicht
Pest control in Ottery
Pest control in Panorama
Pest control in Parrow
Pest control in Pellican Park
Pest control in Pinelands
Pest control in Plumstead
Pest control in Retreat
Pest control in Rondebosch
Pest control in Rondebosch East
Pest control in Rosebank
Pest control in Salt River
Pest control in Scarborough
Pest control in Schotse Kloof
Pest control in Sea Point
Pest control in South Peninsula
Pest control in Southern Peninsula
Pest control in Southern Suburbs
Pest control in St James
Pest control in Steenberg
Pest control in Stellenbosch
Pest control in Strand
Pest control in Strandfontein
Pest control in Sun Valley
Pest control in Sunnydale
Pest control in Table View
Pest control in Tableview
Pest control in Tamboerskloof
Pest control in the Cape Flats
Pest control in Thornton
Pest control in Three Anchor Bay
Pest control in Tokai
Pest control in Upper Woodstock
Pest control in Vredehoek
Pest control in Waterfront
Pest control in Wetton
Pest control in Woodstock
Pest control in Wynberg