Smaller than American and Oriental cockroaches, German cockroaches are notorious household pests.
Infesting houses, restaurants and other institutions with food pantries, they come out at night or in the dark, scavenging for whatever they can find.
They hide behind stoves and under sinks during the day, but if actively scavenging in daylight, severe infestation is likely.
Several generations can be born in one year, with approximately 30 nymphs in every egg capsule.
Adhesive pads allow it to walk vertically on smooth surfaces, even glass.
The name "Croton bug" was coined in the late 1800's when they first began invading homes in New York after the Croton Resevoir started bringing additional water to the growing city.
Common name: German Cockroach
Scientific Name: Blattella germanica
Other Names: Croton bug
Adult Size (Length): 13mm to 16mm (0.51in to 0.63in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: brown; black
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana
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