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German Cockroaches are the most prolific cockroach because of their extremely fast breeding cycle and their ability to adapt to almost any environment. Eating almost anything organic, German Cockroaches are found indoors, generally in areas where food and water are easily accessible, such as the kitchen and the bathroom. German Cockroaches are also usually responsible for infestations in restaurants, cafés, hotels and other commercial premises.

Smaller than most other cockroaches, the German Cockroach is 10—15mm in length. They are tan to medium brown in colour and have 2 parallel dark stripes on the head section. When first emerging from the egg capsule the nymphs are very small, dark and beetle-like. Over the period of a few weeks they become more slender and lighter coloured.

An infestation can often be identified by cast skins, dark regurgitation and faecal droppings in the corners and door hinges of cupboards. Their droppings are tiny and resemble fly-specks. Seeing the cockroaches during the day is also another indicator of a large population.

cockroach1When breeding, the female carries an egg capsule around with her until just prior to hatching. One capsule may contain anywhere between thirty and forty eggs. As development from hatching to adult is very quick, taking as little as forty days, one female German Cockroach and her offspring can produce up to thirty thousand cockroaches in a year. The quick breeding cycle means this can become a severe problem quite quickly and can be difficult to get rid of.

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German Cockroach Control

The most effective way to rid your home of German Cockroaches is to have a professional pest treatment. If completed thoroughly it should take care of the problem, however, premises with a larger problem often require two or three treatments before the situation can be fully controlled.

After you have professionally rid your home of German Cockroaches, there are a few things you can do to help keep them away in future. Ensure all areas are clean of food scraps and clear of stored cardboard and paper which can provide harbourages. Fill or block off any cracks and crevices that can hide the German Cockroaches and also ensure all leaking or dripping water sources are fixed, so the cockroaches don’t have a water source.