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German Cockroach

Blatella germanica


German Cockroach | Rentokil Pest Control Australia
  • 1/2" 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).



  • 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.


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

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