Catch of the Week: German Cockroaches

New Catch of the Week: German Cockroaches

December 17, 2015

Recently our technicians got a call from a Des Moines home that was experiencing a German cockroach infestation. In the image, you can see an adult female German cockroach with a recently hatched egg capsule containing 35 nymphs (immature cockroaches) stuck to a glue trap. Our technicians had placed the traps around the home the month prior to monitor pest activity. Additionally, you will be able to see that the egg capsule is still in her body but the nymphs have hatched out and got stuck to the glue.

Identifying German Cockroaches

German cockroaches are a small cockroach species that range from 1.1 to 1.6 cm long. They are tan or black in color and have two black stripes on the top of their head. These cockroaches have wings as well, however, they do not fly often and prefer to run.

German Cockroaches in Iowa

There are various types of cockroaches around Iowa. The most common cockroach in the Des Moines metro and Iowa overall is the German cockroach.

German Cockroach Habits

Though German cockroaches can be found outdoors in warm climates, they are more commonly found indoors. Since these pests prefer warm, humid areas of a home or business, it is common to find them in bathrooms or kitchens, though they do move around to different areas depending on water and food sources. German cockroaches feed on anything that may provide nutritive value such as food, glue, soap, toothpaste, etc.

Interested in learning more about German cockroaches? See our pest library!

German Cockroach Problems

These pesky critters can cause an abundance of problems such as:

  • Food poisoning, dysentery, diarrhea, and other illnesses.

  • Create allergic reactions for individuals such as skin rashes, watery eyes, sneezing, congestion of nasal passages and asthma.

Have You Spotted German Cockroaches in Your Des Moines Home?

Have no fear - Preferred Pest Control can help! As the leading Des Moines pest control, our technicians can take care of your problem effectively and efficiently. If you begin to notice an infestation, schedule an appointment online or call us at (515) 276-7277 for immediate assistance.