German Cockroach: Interesting Facts You Need to Know

The German cockroach is one of South Africa’s most popular cockroach types. These little critters will devour anything from books and plastic to even leather. They also reproduce extremely fast and can yield close to 10 000 offspring annually making infestations a common occurrence, especially during summer months.

If there’s one thing the German cockroach loves, its a hot, humid environment like kitchens. While German cockroaches have wings, they rarely fly. Being mostly active when the sun goes down, you’ll never know you have an infestation unless you know the danger signs. One such sign would be to see cockroaches scrambling whenever you put the light on. Again, if you aren’t attentive, you might miss them.

Below are some more facts about the German cockroach you might find interestin

  • German cockroaches have incomplete metamorphosis which means that instead of 4 distinct stages, they have only 3.
  • German cockroaches can carry various types of diseases like salmonella
  • One German cockroach ootheca (aka egg case) contains at least 35 eggs which will take one month to hatch.
  • The female cockroach will hold onto the ootheca and release it right before it’s time for it to hatch.
  • It can take anything from 6 weeks to 6 months for a German cockroach to reach maturity.
  • Cockroaches, in general, prefer to live where the temperatures and humidity are high.
  • German cockroaches have sticky pads on their feet called an arolium which they use to climb on smooth surfaces.

It’s a known fact that personal hygiene isn’t exactly on the priority list of German cockroaches. They might seem harmless but they are filthy creatures who carry diseases. According to research, cockroach droppings can cause or worsen eczema and asthma. Ignoring a cockroach infestation might not be the best idea!

Getting rid of cockroaches isn’t as easy as you might think. Getting help from pest control experts to get your infestation under control is advised. For more information or for a free quote, get in touch with the team at Pest Control Pros today!