The Two Smaller Cockroaches
As you can see form the photos, the different markings of each cockroach. The German and brown banded cockroach are the smaller of the 5 types of cockroaches that enter our homes. They are about 3/8 to 1/2 inch long in reality. The Oriental, American and smoky brown cockroaches are much larger in size. They are anywhere from 1 inch to 1-1/2 inch long.
Discussion Of German and Brown banded Cockroaches
German cockroaches are probably the most common cockroach found in the home. As said in the introduction, they are about 1/2 inch long. The German cockroach is generally found in the kitchen but can be found in other parts of the home also. In bathrooms, bedrooms, closets, dressers and any other place they may find a hiding place. Look for them in cracks and crevices about the home. You will normally find them in places other than the kitchen if there are many and they are stressed. Seeing them outside is due to a heavy infestation inside.
German cockroaches as with other types of cockroaches love to hide in cracks with just enough space for their bodies to squeeze into. If you have ever walked into the kitchen at night and flipped on the light you will probably see them scatter on your counter top. This is because they are nocturnal. Seeing them during the daytime means you have an over-abundance of them.
The female German cockroach carries the egg capsule protruding from her rear. When it hatches, 25 to 40 babies are hatched. They can multiply quickly. The female can produce 4 to 8 egg capsules in her lifetime.
The German cockroach goes through 6 or 7 nymph stages called instars. These instars can increase or decrease depending on environmental conditions. Adult German cockroaches can live up to one year but will usually die before that time from various causes, but remember all the eggs hatched, many, many more are produced before that happens.