German cockroaches are generally recognized as indoor cockroaches and these can be found almost in every part of the. The adults have a light brown or tan coloration with two black horizontal stripes on the pronotum behind the head; these could be 13-16 mm while the young ones are darker and almost a shade of black in color with black stripes. behind the head. These winged insects rarely fly.
Behavioral habits of these cockroaches include a common infestation indoors; they prefer warmer and humid areas such as drains, sink holes, bathrooms, drain pipes etc. In apartment buildings with several flats German cockroaches move between flats through shared plumbing and pipes. These roaches are scavengers that feed on food scraps and crumbs.
These roaches reproduce quickly; the female mate just once for the production of young. Each female produces 4 to 6 egg cases in their lifetime and each egg case, or ootheca contains up to 40 eggs. It takes on an average of 100 days for the eggs to become full grown adults.
Signs of a German cockroach infestation are as follows:
Small, dark, materials on counter tops or in drawers are German cockroach droppings.
Empty egg cases must be present in areas that are frequented by the females.
German roaches present in huge numbers give out a mild “musty” odor.
Many times Asian cockroaches are mistaken to be German roaches. So before carrying out a pest control process or devising plans on how to kill roaches, kindly identify the species properly in order to get rid of these roaches.