German Cockroach


Actual Size: 1/2″ – 5/8″

Characteristics: Pale brown with two dark longitudinal stripes behind head.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Habitat: Prefer humid, warm areas. Often found in residential and commercial kitchens as well as bathrooms. Usually in areas where people eat and drink.


  • Typically search for food at night, when they are most active
  • They have small flat bodies that enable them to reside in tiny openings, cracks, and more
  • Find their way inside through grocery bags, furniture, boxes, and shared piping

German Cockroaches in SE Louisiana and Mississippi

German cockroaches are the most common roach species in the nation. These roaches are found worldwide and are often seen in and around homes, apartments, supermarkets, food processing plants, and restaurants. Ships, especially cruise ships and naval vessels can also be heavily infested. These roaches prefer warm, humid environments, consequently, infestations are frequently found in residential and commercial kitchen environments, and bathrooms.

When infestations grow, roaches move swiftly from room to room and building to building. Infestations grow at a rapid rate as their reproduction activity is constant. In fact, a single female German roach and her offspring can produce more than 30,000 offspring in a single year.

German Cockroach Environment

German cockroaches depend upon human activity for survival, which is why they frequently infest homes in Louisiana and Mississippi. These pests are attracted to moisture, therefore they are found primarily in kitchens, bathrooms, or other areas where daily access to water is available. If cleanliness is poor, the German cockroach can expand its normal habitat to include all portions of a home where adequate food, water and shelter exist. German cockroaches prefer to hide in wooden and paper materials, as well as electrical equipment. These roaches can also be found hiding in cabinets, drawers, up under sinks and inside heat-producing appliances like dishwashers, microwaves, and coffee makers. They can often be seen scattering when lights are turned on.

German Cockroach Habits & Dangers

Like most roaches, German cockroaches are hesitant to bite and generally steer clear of humans. However, cockroaches can spread disease, depositing germs or bacteria in areas they live. German cockroaches can cause allergic reactions in humans.  Leaving fecal matter and cast skins around the home, German roaches can cause skin rashes, watery eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion, and asthma. In addition to spreading disease, German cockroach infestations may cause people mental stress. Since a German roach infestation can grow rapidly, getting rid of them can seem impossible. Always contact a local cockroach exterminator to get rid of these roaches in your property.