German cockroaches are mostly found indoors and are found all over the world. They prefer to be in the humid areas of a home such as kitchens and bathrooms, but anywhere with moisture will do. They are a light brown color with two horizontal black stripes. Most of these roaches grow to be about 1/2″-5/8″ long and in their early stages are almost black in color until they develop to become adults. As they grow, they will also develop wings, however, they do not fly as much as they run. German roaches most commonly enter a home when residence move in bags or boxes that are infested with roaches. Other times, roaches come in to homes through sewage systems and pipes. When they do this, germs attach to their bodies and legs. When these pests enter homes, they look for food sources and will eat anything from your bag of chips to the toothpaste in your bathroom.
Signs of Infestation:
A german cockroach infestation could potentially be harmful to you and your family as they carry many germs and diseases. One of the signs to look out for are droppings that are similar to the size and color of pepper. These pepper-like droppings are most often found in darker areas particularly in drawers or cabinets. Another thing you might find near droppings are egg capsules. With the combination of droppings and egg capsules, you will also begin to smell a foul odor. It may smell musty especially if there is a large colony living amongst you. If you let german cockroaches take over your home, they have the power to contaminate everything they touch. They could even change the flavor of foods if they get into it.