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German Roaches are the most common household insect in the United States.
- Color: Light brown to tan
- Legs: 6
- Shape: Oval
- Size: 1/2 - 5/8"
- Antennae: Yes
- Region: All
- Habits: German roaches are most active at night when things are still and dark, leaving their protected environments long enough to find food and water. Seeing German roaches during the day time is a sure indication of a severe infestation.
- Habitat: German roaches are typically brought into structures in infested products, used appliances and items that have been stored remotely. Any dark, tight, secluded area provides an acceptable harborage and breeding sight. Areas under sinks, in appliances, cabinets and wall voids are frequently infested.
- Threats: Surveys of low-income apartments have found more than 10,000 cockroaches per apartment. People with allergies are at risk since medical studies have recently shown that cockroach allergens cause allergies and can bring on asthma attacks, particularly in young children.