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German Roaches

Pest Guide > German Roaches

What do German roaches look like?

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Adult German cockroaches range from ½ to 5/8th of an inch in length.  These type of roaches are tan to light brown and have a pair of long antenna.  They also have distinctive darker parallel lines running down from the back of their heads to their wings; German cockroaches are winged but they are flightless.

Do German roaches bite?

German cockroaches are capable of biting people; however, they rarely do.  German cockroach bites generally only occur in cases of very large infestations and/or if their food sources run very low.

Are German roaches dangerous?

Yes, German roaches are dangerous to have in homes and businesses and can cause serious health problems.  Cockroaches travel through garbage, feces, and sewers before making their way into structure; they commonly carry salmonella and E. coli which can lead to diarrhea and vomiting.  Also, their saliva and feces can trigger severe asthma attacks in people, especially young children.

Signs of a German cockroach infestation

German cockroaches often enter structures on their own while foraging for food, but they can also enter in boxes, packages, and luggage.  Once inside, they will reproduce quickly and increase their numbers.  You’ll know you have a German roach problem if you see the following signs:

  • Live adult roaches scurrying around the house. They are commonly found in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry areas, and other dark damp spaces.

  • Shed cockroach exoskeletons and egg casings. These are often found in dark areas of such as under cabinets, in drawers, and under appliances.

  • Smell a musty odor. In the case of a large infestation, you may notice a musty smell.

  • Coffee grind-like feces. Roach poop looks like coffee grinds and are often found in areas in utensil drawers, underneath sinks, and in cabinets.

How do you get rid of German cockroaches?

The best way to get rid of German cockroaches is to contact a pest control company.  German cockroaches breed very quickly, making them quite difficult to control on your own.  If you’re concerned about roaches in your home or business, contact Spencer Pest Services.  Our team will provide a free inspection and recommend treatment that is best suited for your home or business.

What must be done prior to my German roach treatment?

Eliminating German roaches from your home or business starts with a thorough preparation.  Please view our German Cockroach Preparation Form to ensure your structure is ready for treatment.  

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