5 Things You Didn't Know About German Cockroaches That You Need To Know

German Cockroach (Blattella Germanica)

You think you know everything you need to know about cockroaches, right? They are dirty, there a lot of them, and you don’t want them in your home! While those things are definitely true, there is still more to learn about these pests; the pros at Witt Pest Management want to provide you with some fun facts about cockroaches that you never knew you needed to know!


  1. All across the world, there are over 4,000 species of cockroaches living. Out of all those species, the German cockroach is the most common species of roach found.
  2. German cockroaches don’t just nibble on crumbs found in the kitchen, they will eat almost anything, and by anything we mean anything - hair, glue, soap, and toothpaste.
  3. Roaches are considered to be thigmotropic, this tongue-twister means that they like something solid to be in contact with all sides of their body. This is why they are typically found hiding out in very tight cracks and crevices. The German cockroach can squeeze into a space that is as thin as a dime.
  4. Female cockroaches protect their eggs by putting them into a thick protective case that is called an oothecal. One female German cockroach can place 40 eggs in one oothecal. That’s a lot of cockroach babies!
  5. Cockroaches can live without their head. Cockroaches have open circulatory systems and their respiration occurs through spiracles found along the sides of the body. Those two facts allow cockroaches to be able to react to stimuli for weeks after their head was cut off. The headless roach can survive for weeks without eating, but will eventually dehydrate and die.

While cockroaches may be a bit more interesting than you first thought, one fact still remains, cockroaches are dangerous pests that need to be quickly eliminated from properties. Cockroaches live and travel through some of the most unsanitary places possible; sewers, drains, and garbage piles are just a few examples of their favorite dwellings. Their unsanitary travel and living habits cause roaches to have bacteria, parasites, and dangerous human pathogens living all over their bodies and legs. When the German cockroach finds its way into your home, it’s not just the cockroach you have to worry about it is all the disease and bacteria that they bring with them!

The most effective way to eliminate cockroaches from your property is to call the roach professionals at Witt Pest Management. Our highly skilled professionals can eliminate and control dangerous cockroaches through our year-round pest control programs. Through surveillance, baiting programs and exclusion services Witt Pest Management’s pest control professionals will quickly get rid of German cockroaches from your property and keep them from coming back!

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