German Cockroach


Actual Size: 1/2″ to 5/8″

Characteristics: German Cockroaches are the most abundant roach in the U.S. They are tan with 2 parallel dark stripes on the back of the head.


  • German roaches reproduce quickly.
  • They search for food at night.
  • 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 rarely found outdoors, and gain access through grocery bags, used furniture or equipment, cardboard boxes, or through pipes shared by neighboring apartments.
  • They are responsible for transmitting food-borne illness, but most importantly are responsible for severe asthmatic reactions in public housing.

German Cockroach Overview

There’s a reason why many people joke that roaches can survive a nuclear apocalypse. These pests are very hardy, can survive in many different environments, and are extremely hard to get rid of. Cockroaches are found all over the globe, but there are several main species to look out for as they attempt to infest your home or business.

German Cockroach

While these cockroaches are smaller than their American counterparts (1/2” to 5/8”), they are in fact the most abundant species in the country. They 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.

Again, these cockroaches prefer warm, dark areas, so you won’t find many of them outside in Iowa. Instead, they spread accidentally by sneaking into grocery bags, used furniture, and the pipes of apartment complexes. German cockroaches are also carriers of disease and filth, and because they can reproduce quickly, you can have a full-blown infestation on your hands before you know it.

Preventing German Cockroaches

Cockroaches are omnivorous scavengers, meaning they’ll eat pretty much anything they can find. They prefer meats, starches, sugars, and fatty foods, all of which can be found in food preparation and waste disposal areas. As with most pests, your best bet for roach control is to keep these areas clean and clear to eliminate the roaches’ food source. However, you shouldn’t wait too long to address a potential infestation before it gets out of hand. Homeowners and business owners should consider contacting the professionals at Springer Professional Home Services as soon as possible to make sure the situation is handled quickly and effectively.

Getting Rid of a German Cockroach

Cockroaches are covered under Springer Professional Home Services ’s year-round pest control program, which helps keep your home and property protected against 36 common pests. When you schedule service for roach control, you don’t need to cover any areas or make any special arrangements for early or late-night appointments. We will send out an expert pest control technician to do the following:

  • Determine the type of cockroach
  • Discreetly apply bait gels and other materials in roach vulnerable areas
  • Seal small holes or crevices if they are contributing to the infestation
  • Continue to service your account weekly until the infestation is solved
  • Place “sticky traps” to monitor further activity
  • Create a full report describing the treatment and how you can protect your home or facility from further infestations

If you see one cockroach in your home or business, chances are they’re not alone. Don’t wait too long to act and risk a cockroach infestation. Contact Springer Professional Home Services today, and we’ll respond with a quick, effective roach control service that respects your time and budget.