Life span 6 to 9 months
The German cockroach typically about 0.43 in to 0.63 in long, it is a small species of cockroach. It varies from tan to almost black in colour, and it has two dark, parallel, streaks on the pronotum running from behind the head to the base of the wings, even though they are winged they can barely fly.
This species is found more in areas such as apartment buildings, restaurants, food processing facilities, hotels, and institutional establishments such as school cafeterias and nursing homes.
Like other roaches they dart out of site when a light is turned on or someone enters a room, when excited or frightened, they emit an unpleasant odor.
They are attracted particularly to meats, fatty foods, starches, and sugars. Where there is a shortage of foodstuffs, they may eat household items such as soap and toothpaste.
They are small and often go unnoticed until the problem is severe and has spread to different areas.