German Cockroach


Actual Size: 1/2″ – 5/8″

Characteristics: Pale brown with two dark longitudinal stripes behind head.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Habitat: Often found in residential and commercial kitchens as well as bathrooms. Usually in areas where people eat and drink.


  • German roaches have a rapid rate of reproduction
  • They tend to aggregate in groups together
  • They are big fans of heat and humidity

German Cockroaches in El Paso TX and Anthony NM

The German cockroach is infamous for being a dreaded household pest, especially here in El Paso. They are distributed worldwide and is the most prevalent species in and around homes, apartments, supermarkets, food processing plants, and restaurants. These roaches like to stay hidden–if you see a few here or there, there’s a big chance there are hundreds or thousands more hidden nearby. German cockroaches are big fans of heat and humidity, which is why they’ll congregate in areas of the home that provide this. Residential and commercial kitchens or bathrooms are often hotspots for German roaches. When infestations are large, they can spread to other parts of a building. This species reproduces the fastest of the common pest cockroaches—a single female and her offspring can produce over 30,000 offspring in a year.

German Cockroach Habitat or Environment

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 prefer to hide in wooden and paper 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.

German Cockroach Behaviors or Threats

German cockroaches are not likely to bite, and will actually attempt to avoid people altogether. The true danger of this species is the fact that they can breed so rapidly and spread germs and bacteria wherever they go. 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 cause human psychological stress. With the social stigma attached to having cockroaches in your home, homeowners tend to alter their behavior by entertaining less often and avoiding kitchen and bathroom areas at night for fear of encountering the pest.

If you have a German cockroach problem, always contact your local cockroach exterminators for help.