German Cockroach


Actual Size: 1/2 to 5/8″

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

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes, but rarely fly.

Habitat: Drawn to humid and warm areas. May infest kitchens, bathrooms, or heat-producing appliances such as laundry machines or dishwashers.


  • Though they have wings, these cockroaches do not fly.
  • Colonies are large and females can reproduce rapidly.
  • Are completely dependent upon human shelter and food for survival.

German Cockroaches in North Jersey

German cockroaches are found all across the globe, including right here in North Jersey. They’re considered the most prevalent species in our homes and buildings, and can even infest naval vessels or cruise ships. These resourceful critters have a strong affinity for warm and humid environments, making residential and commercial kitchens, as well as bathrooms, popular destinations for their infestations. To make matters worse, when their numbers grow substantially, they venture out to conquer other areas within a building. It’s worth noting that this particular species holds the crown for the fastest reproduction among the commonly encountered pest cockroaches. To put it into perspective, a lone female and her offspring can give life to a staggering number of over 30,000 descendants in a single year.

German Cockroach Habitat

German cockroaches are drawn to areas with ample access to water, such as kitchens or bathrooms. In some cases, these cockroaches can expand their populations to inhabit nearly any portion of a home or building with adequate food, shelter, and water. Though German cockroaches typically hide in wooden and paper materials or electrical equipment, they may also hide out in cabinets, drawers, or heat-producing appliances such as dishwashers.

German Cockroach Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Although German cockroaches are not known to inflict bites on humans, these persistent creatures can indirectly pose health risks. As they scurry around in search of sustenance, they unwittingly serve as carriers of diseases, leaving behind germs and bacteria in the areas they inhabit. Furthermore, their presence can trigger allergic reactions, as they leave traces of fecal matter and discarded skins throughout the home, leading to skin rashes, watery eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion, and even asthma. It’s important to recognize that beyond the physical implications, a German cockroach infestation can also take a toll on one’s well-being. The social stigma attached to these unwelcome guests in your home may cause emotional distress, prompting homeowners to modify their behavior.

If you notice German cockroaches around your property, it’s already time to call a professional cockroach pest control technician. With how quickly an infestation can spread and how severely these bugs can harm your health and wellbeing, it’s crucial to get rid of them as quickly as possible. That’s where an expert can help!