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German Cockroach

Quick Facts


Bodies can range up to 1/2 in (13 mm) long.

Preferred Habitat

Tight spaces that offer water and/or heat.

Known Health Issues

They can carry disease-causing bacteria and transfer them to human food sources. They can also cause allergic reactions.
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Compared to its American counterpart, the German cockroach is a much smaller species of cockroach, ranging in size and growing up to ½ in (13 mm) long. This species of cockroach is one of the few that ends up being considered a domestic pest. German cockroaches are found in restaurants, food processing facilities, hotels and medical facilities like nursing homes. Warm interiors of homes or commercial buildings draw in the German cockroaches because they are incredibly susceptible for severely cold temperatures.

These pests are omnivores and particularly enjoy eating meat, starch, sugar and fatty foods. While they might be smaller than American cockroaches, German cockroaches reproduce faster than any other cockroach that is qualified as a domestic pest. They prefer to live in tight spaces that offer a source of water and heat and make incredibly effective pests since they have no predators inside homes, reproduce quickly and can hide very easily. German cockroaches can carry disease-causing bacteria and transfer them to human food sources as well as cause allergic reactions. Don’t let cockroaches take over your home; call us at Miller Pest & Termite today for professional exterminator services.