Of the handful of cockroaches that are associated with human habitation the German Cockroach is the most widespread example on a global scale. Though this roach has wings similar to its close relative the Asian Cockroach, which can fly like a moth, the German roach is flightless. Although it can "glide" away if threatened or disturbed.
The German Cockroach or Blattella germanica, has a large variety of colorations. Their colors can be light tan to almost black, they can be identified by streaks on their pronotum, or outer shell of the thorax, that are dark and run somewhat parallel to each other.
German Cockroaches are well known to transfer disease and bacteria onto the surfaces they walk on. At Fortified Pest Management, we work diligently with our customers to find an environmentally friendly solution for their pest problems. This includes limiting our uses of pesticides in order to protect people with disabilities, older people, children and pets. We want your home to be as safe as possible, and this is part of the fundamental beliefs that we built our company on.
Like with the American and Australian Cockroaches the German Cockroach, although originally thought to originate from Europe, further research seemed to indicate they came from Ethiopia in Northeast Africa. However, more current research seems to indicate an origin region of Southeast Asia. Just like the previous insects, these roaches reached their global destinations on and in the depths of cargo vessels conducting trade across the oceans and continents.
With a 50-60 day maturation period, the German Cockroach is the most reproductively prolific roach that can be found in human habitation. Although they reach sexual maturity rapidly, they live less than a year. On average only 20-30 weeks. This rapid life cycle and large number of nymphs per birth, have helped the German Cockroach become the number one household roach.
Like most insects it's not aggressive towards humans, and will try to get away if threatened or disturbed. They tend to avoid the light and prefer to find a home that is close to a regular food source.
Like other Cockroaches the German Cockroach is most active at night, as it is nocturnal. They can be found indoors year round, but are more likely to enter dwellings in the winter months or during a heat wave in the summer due to temperature extremes.
While the German Cockroach is the most common pest associated with humans, they are more often found in large service facilities such as food processing, restaurants, and hospitals or nursing homes. The German Cockroach is a scavenger and is omnivorous. This roach prefers meat, sugar, and starches.
The German Cockroach isn't a direct threat to humans and pets. However due to their tendencies to crawl in and around food and food prep surfaces, they pose a very real, very large risk to humans. Cockroaches, the German Roach especially are known to transfer bacteria and viruses onto the food and surfaces they walk on. Always make sure to clean prep surfaces BEFORE using them as well as after. Fortified Pest Management is here to help. Fortified Pest Management is fully Licensed, Bonded and Insured. We are family owned, Pet Friendly and ALWAYS come with a 100% Money Back Guarantee. Whether you need a residential or professional estimate we are here to help. From Pigeons to Roof Rats, Spiders to Termites, Scorpions to Bed Bugs we will help you sleep better at night.