German cockroaches are a type of roach. They are reddish-brown in color and have two dark parallel lines running from behind their head to their wings. They can get up to 1 inch long and about half an inch wide, with males slightly smaller than females. They are also unique for having shorter wings than other cockroaches.
This type of roach is typically found in homes, apartments, restaurants, and commercial buildings by water sources such as sinks and drains. They will eat anything they can scavenge including soap, glue, meat products, pet food, or even the dead bodies of their peers.
German Cockroaches Habitat
German cockroaches are typically found in damp areas with standing water but can be found anywhere in a home. They prefer warmer temperatures around 77 degrees Fahrenheit, will travel up to 50 feet for food and water sources and may live 2-3 months.
The German cockroach is an introduced species that prefers warm indoor environments. It has spread around the world with human commerce. It is one of the most common cockroaches in houses, apartments, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and other locations with warm indoor environments.
German Cockroaches Diet
The German cockroach is omnivorous but prefers a high-protein diet including meats, cheese, butter, and fat. They are adept scavengers and will eat anything they can find.
Though they prefer protein, German cockroaches will also eat other foods. They may feed on bread, starches such as sugar or flour, and even personal items such as soap, glue, leather, dead animals, and book bindings. Having a sweet tooth for syrup and fruit juices has also been observed.
Prevention of German Cockroaches
Prevention of German cockroaches starts with identifying their food sources and stopping them. Cleaning up spills, removing garbage, properly storing foods in containers, and fixing leaky faucets will deter these roaches from staying around.
Proper sanitation is the most effective way to prevent an infestation of the German Cockroach. Curbing water leakage and removing food sources are the most effective ways to get rid of this particular pest. If you are experiencing an issue with these roaches early treatment is advised by a professional pest control company.
As German cockroaches live in moist areas, it is important to dry up any water leakage and clean the floors regularly. This way, they will not be attracted to your home or business anymore.
If you find any German Cockroaches in your Charlotte County home, contact Bug Off Pest Charlotte immediately. We can help rid you of these pests and get your home back to normal! As always, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about German Cockroaches or any other pest. Call us today 941-676-2005