German Cockroach


Actual Size: 1/2 to 5/8″

Characteristics: Tan with two long, dark brown stripes behind the head.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes, but rarely fly.

Habitat: Often found in warm, damp areas such as commercial kitchens or bathrooms. Seeks out areas near food sources.


  • Despite being winged, these roaches rarely fly. 
  • Reproduces extremely quickly and lives in large colonies. 
  • Mainly live indoors and completely depend on human habitats for survival.

German Cockroaches in Anaheim

German cockroaches are a common pest in many areas of the world, including Anaheim. They’re known for infesting houses, supermarkets, apartment buildings, and food storage warehouses. It’s even possible for ships – particularly cruise ships or naval vessels – to experience an infestation. These pests are drawn to warm and humid environments, which is why you’re most likely to find them in your kitchen or bathroom. German cockroaches are also the fastest-reproducing species, with a female and her offspring producing over 30,000 new roaches in a single year.

German Cockroach Habitat

As compulsive domestic pests, German cockroaches are dependent upon human environments to survive. They’re drawn to kitchens or bathrooms where they can easily access food and water. However, these roaches reproduce extremely quickly and may infest other areas of your property, especially if sanitation is poor. German cockroaches may also hide in cabinets, near electrical equipment, or behind heat-producing appliances like coffee machines or microwaves.

German Cockroach Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

German cockroaches are not aggressive and are not known to bite humans. However, that doesn’t mean they’re harmless. By foraging and crawling through unsanitary spaces, German cockroaches can spread bacteria and contaminate your food or surfaces throughout your property. For some people, roaches can even trigger asthma attacks or skin rashes due to their fecal matter and cast-off skin. As with any cockroach, this species isn’t one you want crawling around your space. 

Since German cockroaches multiply so quickly, it’s important to take action as soon as you suspect you have an infestation. The faster you address the problem, the less likely these pests will be able to completely take over your home or building. The best way to treat a German cockroach infestation is to call a professional roach exterminator who can eliminate the insects and prevent them from returning in the future.