It is the most common cockroach species in houses, apartments, restaurants, hotels and other institutions in the United States; The German roachs can occur in numbers upwards of 1000. The female carries her egg capsule protruding from the rear of her abdomen until the eggs are ready to hatch. Females produce 4-8 egg capsules, each with 30-40 eggs; The German roach is distinguished by having 2 black longitudinal stripes on the head, or pronotum.
Wood roaches / Waterbugs generally live in moist areas, but can survive in dry areas if they have access to water. They breed in any type of mulch or compost that is commonly found in your yard. This includes pine bark, pine straw, leaves, dead trees, woodpiles and driveway walls. Due to the large size and slow development of Wood roaches / Waterbugs, large infestations of these insects are not common within houses. However, during certain times of the year, these cockroaches may move inside a house from outside sources.