German Cockroach

German Cockroach

Blatella germanica

Appearance

Image of a German Cockroach (blatta germanica) | Rentokil Pest Control NZ
  • 12 – 15mm long.
  • Brown with 2 dark stripes on thorax.
  • The wings are as long as the body or slightly overlapping in both sexes.
  • Runs and climbs (sticky pads on the feet).

Lifecycle

  • Females carry 35 - 40 eggs in an ootheca (egg case) until they are ready to hatch.
  • Hatch in 1 month.
  • Nymphs take between 6 weeks to 6 months to develop into adults.

Habits

  • Heated buildings, often kitchens and ships. Prefers high temperatures and humidities.
  • Nocturnal.
  • Omnivorous.