German Cockroach

Actual Size: 1/2″ – 5/8″

Characteristics: Pale brown with two dark longitudinal stripes behind 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.


  • Both males and females have wings but neither can fly
  • Lives indoors, completely dependent on human habitats for survival
  • Can live in big colonies as they reproduce quickly

German Cockroaches in Santa Fe and Albuquerque NM

The German cockroach is one of the most feared roaches due to its ability to reproduce at a rapid rate. In fact, a single female and her offspring can produce more than 30,000 is distributed worldwide and is the most prevalent species in and around homes, apartments, supermarkets, food processing plants, and restaurants. Ships, especially cruise ships and naval vessels can also be heavily infested. These roaches prefer warm humid environments and infestations are frequently found in residential and commercial kitchen environments, and bathrooms. When infestations are large, they can spread to other parts of a building.

These roaches will eat just about anything. They prefer starchy and sugary foods, but will also eat meats, fatty foods, and even glue! All of this is readily found in New Mexico homes, which is why their infestations are so common in our communities.

German Cockroach Environment

German cockroaches are found everywhere because they can spread so easily from one room to another. They 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 Behavior & Threats

German cockroaches are not known to bite humans. However, foraging cockroaches 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 cause human psychological stress. No one wants to deal with these German roaches, making it important to contact your local cockroach control experts when you have an infestation.