If you have come across small cockroaches that appear either in the kitchen, behind or in the microwave, behind near or in the fridge, the bathroom or in a restaurant chances are you have an issue with German cockroaches.

The German cockroach is the most common found pest in homes, units & food stores not just in Australia but around the world.

German cockroaches are flat, oval in shape, have six legs and a pair of antennae. They range from the size of a pin head to 1.2 to 1.5 cm to long. The German cockroach does have wings which cover the entire abdomen of females and all except the abdominal tip in males but rarely fly.

The male is light brown and rather boat-shaped, whereas the female is slightly darker with a broader, rounded posterior.

Baby German cockroaches are wingless and nearly black with a single light stripe, separating two black bands, running down about halfway of the middle of the back. Egg capsules are light tan and less than 1/4-inch long.

The German cockroach eats food of all kinds and may even enter your home on egg cartons, soft drink cartons, sacks of potatoes, onions, flat packed furniture, used furniture, beer cases, etc.

These roaches can move from building to building and can develop into large populations and live throughout the home, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. Roaches can damage food, wallpaper and books. They have even been known to eat the glue from furniture, envelopes and they produce an unpleasant odour.

German cockroaches prefer warm and humid environments and prefer to live close to food and water sources. The majority of German cockroaches infestations begin when a German cockroaches is introduced to the house or business either in grocery bags, flat packed furniture, cardboard boxes and second hand appliances.

German cockroaches will feed basically on anything from soap, glue toothpaste and basically anything they can find they will eat from. They have also been known to cause electrical issues as they chew away at the wires. We have had customers who fridges, microwaves, computers, stove tops and phones have been destroyed due to the overwhelming presence of German cockroaches.

Early treatment is the key to successfully eradicating German cockroaches also not to mention good hygiene. Homeowners and business owners should make an effort to keep kitchen counters, floors, behind & under the fridge and microwave free of crumbs and clean. Regular vacuuming and frequent garbage disposal are all essential to protect your home and business from German cockroaches.

If you find a cockroach in your home, even if it is just one, the chances are there will be many more lurking behind the walls and in cracks and crevices. To eradicate or prevent your home from German cockroaches give Sydney’s Best Pest Control a call.