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.


  • Rarely found indoors as they are more dependent on human activity to survive
  • They can transmit food-borne illness and trigger allergic reactions
  • Both males and females are fully winged but do not fly

German Cockroaches in Knoxville TN

The German cockroach is distributed worldwide and is the most prevalent species in and around homes, apartments, supermarkets, food processing plants, and restaurants. It is known for it’s rapid rate of reproduction–a single female and her offspring can offspring can produce more than 30,000 members in a year. These roaches prefer warm humid environments and infestations are frequently found in residential and commercial kitchen environments, and bathrooms. When infestations are large, they can spread to other parts of a building. They are much smaller than other roaches, making it easy for them to hide in cracks and crevices.

German Cockroach Environment

German cockroaches are found primarily in kitchens, bathrooms, or other areas where daily access to water is available. If sanitation is poor, the German cockroach can successfully expand its normal habitat to include all portions of a structure 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.

German Cockroach Habits & Dangers

German cockroaches are not known to bite humans. In fact, they will try to avoid you at all costs. That said, the true danger of a German cockroach infestation is the fact that they can reproduce easily and spread bacteria and germs. German cockroaches can also cause allergic reactions due to the insects leaving fecal matter and cast skins around the home, causing skin rashes, watery eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion and asthma. In addition to spreading disease, German cockroach infestations may cause human psychological stress. With the social stigma attached to having cockroaches in your home, homeowners tend to alter their behavior by entertaining less often and avoiding kitchen and bathroom areas at night for fear of encountering the pest. Contact your local roach exterminators for help with a German cockroach infestation.