German Cockroach • Blatella germanica
Conditions: Allergic rhinitis; allergic asthma; allergic conjunctivitis; allergic dermatitis.
Symptoms: Itchy, stuffy, or runny nose; post-nasal drip; sneezing; itchy, red or watery eyes; asthmatic symptoms; puffy eyes; rashes.
Physical description: Smaller than the American cockroach; long and brownish in color; grows up to almost 1 inch in length; adults have wings but rarely fly.
Environmental factors: Found in homes, restaurants, hotels, food plants, warehouses, dumps, office buildings, retail stores, and ships.
Cross-reactivity: Extensive cross-reactivity among different individual species can occur.
- “Cockroach.” Merriam-Webster. Accessed Feb 20, 2020. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cockroach
Did You Know?
Infestations of the German cockroach are especially common compared to other species of cockroach. It produces more eggs than other species and also has more generations per year (3 or 4).