The smaller German roach is just 1/2″-1 ” in the adult stage. They have two stripes behind their heads and have a light/golden brown color. The Brown-Banded roaches have stripes along their wings. Both the German roach and Brown-Banded roach live and breed inside. Treatment for both these roaches would be the same. The German roach is the most common of the smaller roaches and the most difficult to control. You find these roaches in places that have water or food such as kitchens and bathrooms. These roaches commonly live behind and under sinks, stoves, and refrigerators. In commercial kitchens, they can be found in floor drains. They live in dark places and are nocturnal. It is very common to spot these roaches when you enter a kitchen or bathroom and turn on the light. These small, golden brown roaches will be seen scampering along the counters.

Habitat and Entry

These roaches do not forage from the outside but travel from one apartment/ suite unit to the adjoining unit. They are brought inside or hitchhike in items such as luggage, boxes and grocery products. German roaches live and breed inside; they can live all season long since they are in a warm, comfortable environment. German roaches can be brought in via luggage, furniture, handbags, or boxes from an infested location. During the warmer months, they can move from building to building. In commercial settings, they can move from one connecting unit to the next thru drop ceilings and common plumbing and electrical elements. 

Health hazards of the German roach and Brown-Banded roaches

Carrying bacteria that is transmitted to humans, German cockroaches, and Brown-banded cockroaches are health hazards. The primary diseases are gastroenteritis including food poisoning, dysentery, and diarrhea. Asthma and allergies may be triggered by the German roaches’ feces, body parts, or salvia that are circling in the air. Children are particularly affected by these hazards.

How to get rid of German and Brown-banded roaches

Identifying the presence of German or Brown-Banded roaches is essential for proper control measures. They breed inside and contaminate their living environments while most larger adult cockroaches do not reproduce inside. The most common larger roaches breed outside, and target treatment areas would be different.

German roaches and Brown-Banded roaches are primarily treated using roach bait and insect growth regulators (IGR). Other types of roaches such as the larger American roach are treated using insecticide concentrates sprayed outside and entry points to your house.

Using Roach baits and using growth regulators are key to getting rid of these roaches. We have both

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