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 sexes are fully winged but do not fly around.
  • With large infestations, they can spread easily from one building to another.
  • A single female and her offspring can produce over 30,000 offspring in a year.

German Cockroaches in Nevada

German cockroaches are a very common cockroach species in the nation. Brown in color, German cockroaches are typically up to about ½” long when fully developed. One distinct characteristic is that adults will usually possess two dark brown stripes behind their heads. Adult German cockroaches have wings but do not frequently use them for flying. The German cockroach life span is typically around the 1-year range. These cockroaches will reproduce more quickly than most cockroach species in the area and they carry their eggs with them (40+) in an oothecae case until the day that they hatch. This makes them extremely prolific breeders and especially troublesome from a control standpoint.

German Cockroach Habitat

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 & Dangers

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. 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.

German roaches can be dangerous. If you have them in your Las Vegas or Henderson home, it’s best to contact your local roach exterminators.