Vector Type
Cockroach
Vector Species Name
Blattella germanica
Vector Common Name
German Cockroach

Vector Information

German cockroaches are the most common cockroach in the US. They are known vectors of various diseases and pathogens which they spread location to location with their legs and bodies. They are approximately 1/2 to 5/8 inch long and are a tan or light brown in color. They are easily identified by two dark brown stripes on their body just behind their head. The adults have wings that cover their entire body. German cockroaches prefer indoor environments that are close to moisture and food, making them common pests in kitchens, bathrooms, and food-storage areas. Cockroaches are omnivorous and will eat almost anything. German cockroaches will feed on a wide variety of foods including starches, sweets, grease, and meat products. Cockroaches are nocturnal. Their feces and cast skins are known allergens and can cause severe allergic reactions in those who are very sensitive. They are also efficient mechanical vectors that carry gastroenteric pathogens. 

Found In
AL
AK
AZ
AR
CA
CO
CT
DE
FL
GA
HI
ID
IL
IN
IA
KS
KY
LA
ME
MD
MA
MI
MN
MS
MO
MT
NE
NV
NH
NJ
NM
NY
NC
ND
OH
OK
OR
PA
RI
SC
SD
TN
TX
UT
VT
VA
WA
WV
WI
WY
DC

*Disease transmission varies locally. This map depicts where vectors can be found geographically and provides information about diseases these vectors might carry. Vectors might be present in a state or locality, however, and not be carriers of any particular disease. In addition, identified vectors may have a presence in a state, but may not be found throughout that state.