German Roaches

Quick Facts

Risk Factors

  • Family
  • Home
  • Pet


  • season Summer



0.5 - 0.63 inches

Inch Long



What do German Roaches look like?

German cockroaches are one of the most common species of cockroach found living throughout the United States. Adults grow to be about ½ to 5/8th of an inch in length and are tan to light brown in color. They also have distinctive lines running from behind their head to their wings. German cockroaches do have wings, but they are not able to fly.

What are the signs of German Roaches?

German roaches are often found invading homes and living in the warm, dark environments that are found within them. German roaches will invade basements, kitchens, crawl spaces, and underneath sinks. They will feed on almost anything that they can find in your home from crumbs behind the stove to toothpaste and glue.

German roaches will enter homes through small cracks and crevices that they find while out foraging for food or can accidentally be introduced into homes in packages, bags, or even luggage. These roaches can be found running or scurrying very quickly from place to place in your home or when they are startled.

What Damage do German Roaches cause?

German cockroaches can damage personal items such as books, papers, wallpaper, and other starchy items. They can contaminate food and even toothpaste.

How do you prevent German Roaches?

Along with hiring cockroach control professionals, we recommend implementing the following roach prevention tips:

Routinely remove garbage from your home or facility, storing it outside in a container with a tight-fitting lid until trash pickup day.
Eliminate moisture issues and control humidity levels.
Seal cracks found in the foundation.
Inspect purchases, boxes, and packages for roach activity before bringing unpacking.
Remove crumbs and spills on floors and counters as well as inside cupboards and pantries.

How do I get rid of German Roaches?

Homeowners can try to use baits, growth regulators, pheromone traps to control the roaches.

Can German Roaches hurt me?

German cockroaches have the potential to be dangerous. They carry with them a large number of dangerous diseases and parasites including salmonella, E.coli, and pinworms. They will spread these, other pathogens, and their urine and feces throughout your entire home. The feces and shed skins that German roaches leave behind will build up and trigger asthma attacks in people, especially children.

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What to Expect when Suburban Exterminating Arrives

Suburban Exterminating of Long Island will control and eliminate your German cockroach problem with comprehensive pest control services. Offering a year-round home pest control program, our team of licensed pest control technicians will protect your home and family from roaches and other pests that target your dwellings. For businesses plagued with roach problems, we offer commercial pest control services that are customized to suit the needs of each company. Schedule a free estimate to find out what we can do for you!