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German Cockroach Nests

German Cockroach Illustration

German Cockroach Illustration

Where Do German Cockroaches Nest in Homes?

German cockroaches are one of the most common cockroach species found in homes. These insects spend most of their time in hiding and only travel up to several feet from their food sources. They gather under stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, behind cracks and crevices and other warm, damp protected areas.

What Does a German Cockroach Nest Look Like?

The term "German cockroach nest" simply refers to a group of the pests living close together. Cockroaches do not build nests. Instead, once a cockroach finds a spot near food, it releases attractant pheromones that other roaches use to gather in the same place. Cockroaches may lay eggs and tend young there as well.


Cockroaches can carry bacteria and disease-producing organisms on their bodies. When the pests walk across food, utensils, and countertops, they may leave harmful pathogens behind. These insects can pass food poisoning, dysentery, and other illnesses to humans.


People usually find German cockroach nests in dark, hard-to-reach areas. In addition to their nest locations, the pests' nocturnal feeding and foraging habits can make it hard for homeowners to identify infestations. Cockroach traps and inspections are the most reliable methods for detection.


Keeping kitchens and bathrooms clean can help prevent German cockroaches from nesting. Some insecticides may work to control the pests, but they require experience and strictly following the product label to ensure safe use. Contact Orkin to remove German cockroaches from homes.


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