The German Roach

Your Chicagoland Guide on German Roaches

The Breakdown





Light Brown

1/2 – 5/8 in


Moderate HIGH

The German Roach

German cockroaches are mostly found indoors and are problematic in homes all across the world. Most of these roaches grow to be about 1/2″-5/8″ long and, in their adolescence, are black until they develop into adults at which time they become light brown with two horizontal black stripes. As they grow, they will also develop wings, however, they do not fly as much as they run. They prefer to inhabit humid areas such as kitchens and bathrooms, and may end up nesting in one of these locations.

German roaches most commonly enter a home when residents bring in bags or boxes that are already infested with the bugs. Other times, roaches come into homes through sewage systems and pipes where germs attach to their bodies and legs. Then, when these pests enter homes, they contaminate everything they come in contact with.

Signs of an 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 your foods if they get into it.

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Understanding the Seasons

Weather has a profound effect on pest life cycle. Most pests, rodents and insects breed aggressively during spring and go through periods of hibernation during autumn and winter.

When the weather slowly begins to heat up, pests start to get more active after having stayed dormant over the colder winter months.

  • Birds often start to find mates and start building their nests.
  • Moths which consumer leaves usually become active again.
  • Flies often emerge from their winter hibernation places and start to breed and spread out.
  • Squirrels also spend the winter in hibernation. When spring approaches these creatures start looking for a new home. This is usually the time when they make their way into lofts and other spaces.

Summer is arguably the best season for pests. It is the time when they are in full swing and breed as rapidly as they can. Wasps are one of the most common summer pests followed by flies and rodents. Many a summer picnics and BBQs have been ruined by the ‘home invasion’ of these pests.

  • Wasps build their nesting grounds and lay their eggs during this time. Although the creatures are not directly harmful, they can be very aggressive and territorial at this time of the year, because they’re at their strongest.
  • The number of fleas also multiplies. Since pets spend more time outdoors during summer, they are more likely to bring the pests back indoors with them.
  • Bees are also more active during summer as they go out to gather nectar. Many times, homeowners find a new beehive in their garden and require pest control to take care of it. Because of their sting, bees are more dangerous than some of the other pests and you should call our professional service to get rid of them.
  • Moths and flies usually start to multiply significantly during summer.
  • Ants begin to swarm to find new mates and start new colonies during summer.
  • Cockroaches become very noticeable in the summer, especially in the kitchen and toilets. This is due to the hotter temperatures and stronger smells.
  • Bedbugs are also very active in the summer.

Autumn is the month when things start to get cooler. The number of pests starts to dwindle as they begin to slow down their breeding activities.

  • Wasps start becoming dozy and docile. You may find them buzzing around occasionally as if they are drunk. This is usually the end-time for their life.
  • Spiders in particular are more active at this time of the year.
  • Squirrels will gather their food and start to look for shelter.
  • The second breeding phase for flies begins. These pests remain active during the season.
  • Rodents also become more active. Due to the approaching cold, rodents usually find shelter inside homes in the loft or inside walls.

The coldest months are when pests seek out warmth and shelter. You will find a number of insects especially rodents and lizards make their way inside your home.

  • Spiders come into our homes to escape the web-destroying frosts.
  • Rodents move indoors to escape the cold, increasing infestations.
  • In many cases, homeowners find squirrels nesting in lofts when they go to get their Christmas decorations.

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