German Cockroach


Actual Size: 1/2″ to 5/8″

Characteristics: Tan with 2 parallel dark stripes on the back of the 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.


  • They are often active at night, and will search for food at this time
  • Their small size and flat bodies allow them to exist in the smallest of secluded cracks and crevices that are near heat, moisture, and a wide variety of food
  • They are responsible for transmitting food-borne illness, but most importantly are responsible for severe asthmatic reactions in public housing

German Cockroaches in Central Florida

German cockroaches range in colors from tan to almost black, with two dark stripes on the back of their heads. Because they forage for food at night, you may catch a glimpse of them scuttling into cracks and crevices when you turn on your kitchen or bathroom lights. These roaches are the most common and most abundant type of cockroach in the United States. These roaches can spread easily. Some of the ways the get into homes in the Orlando FL area is in grocery bags, used furniture, and building sewage pipes. These omnivorous scavengers are attracted to starchy or sugary foods, meats, and fatty items.

German Cockroach Habitat

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 often hide in paper or wooden 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. These roaches can easily spread from room to room in homes, and they will easily inhabit multiple types of environments.

German Cockroach Behaviors & Dangers

German cockroaches are not known to bite humans, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t dangerous! Like other cockroaches, German roaches are vectors of disease, depositing germs or bacteria in areas they inhabit. 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 simply cause a lot of psychological stress due to the size of their colonies and how easily they spread. For this reason, always contact a cockroach exterminator for assistance with removal of these pests.