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German Cockroach

  • Color: Light Brown/Tan
  • Distinguishing Marks: Dark lengthwise stripes on the head
  • Length: Rather small at 1/4 to 5/8 inch
  • Habitat: Prefers to live in small cracks and crevices inside kitchens, bathrooms and other areas where moisture is present. When infestations are very bad, they can be found throughout an entire home.

The German cockroach is thought to be one of the most invasive species of cockroach known to man. They are the most common species of cockroach found in homes, apartments and food service establishments. They are one of the most challenging pests known to the pest control industry. Found in virtually every type of structure or building where people live or work, they have become quite adept at adapting to ever changing environments. They are skillful hitchhikers, extremely prolific breeders and may tolerate many pest control treatments.

The female German cockroach can carry as many as 40 eggs at a time, producing up to three or four generations in a single year. The German cockroach can produce infestations of astonishing proportions in as little as 3 months.

In New Zealand the German cockroach and Gisborne cockroach seek similar environments in which to breed. A suitable site will consist very simply of food, water, humidity, warmth and a secure breeding place. The German cockroach prefers to breed in and around underground sewer facilities. They also seek out utility networks from which they may venture out into other buildings. This is why we often find German cockroach activity in older row homes. Areas of high humidity are preferred, such as in basements, boiler rooms, steam tunnels and sewers. German cockroaches are much more likely found moving from place to place in bags, boxes and even on clothing. With both species, it only takes one pregnant female to create an infestation. Cockroach numbers can increase almost exponentially if conditions are favorable.

Many illnesses and health problems are associated with German and Gisborne cockroaches. They carry viral and bacterial pathogens on their bodies and in their feces which can cause, among others:

  • Salmonella Poisoning
  • Asthma Attack
  • Diarrhea
  • Dysentery

Most people understand just how difficult cockroaches can be to get rid of ; in fact, their toughness is the stuff of urban legend. This naturally nocturnal pest has a keen ability to quickly adapt to almost any surrounding. New Zealand’s Pest’s highly trained pest control professionals excel at knowing just where cockroaches hide. They will also determine which cockroach treatment solutions will be the most effective. Using our system of pest control, we will customize a solution to rid you of these tough, disease carrying pests. Contact BugZero today for more information about the cockroach treatment options available in Auckland, and throughout our area.

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