Cockroaches

Cockroaches are large brown insects ranging in size from 10 to 23mm in length with long antennae and wings.

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Cockroaches

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American Cockroach

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Australian Cockroach

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Oriental Cockroach

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German Cockroach

 
Cockroaches are large brown insects ranging in size from 10 to 23mm in length with long antennae and wings. There are two types, the oriental and the German type. They hide in cracks and around drains and ducts. You can prevent infestations by:
Keeping work areas clean Not leaving food in the open Keeping potential hiding places clean If you have a cockroach infestation in your home or commercial premises,
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American Cockroach
Description Family: Blattidae Scientific Name: Periplaneta Americana Special characteristics:

Adult, 28-44mm long; colour, red-brown with yellow border around pronotum; no yellow submarginal stripes on forewings; last segment of cerci, twice as long as wide. Gregarious and nocturnal, they spend the day hiding in cracks and crevices. Generally prefer warmer humid environments.


Habitat

Common in commercial premises associated with the production of handling food. They spend the day hiding in around areas such as sinks, drains, cookers, backs of cupboards and in refrigerator motor compartments. They especially favour buildings with service ducts and complex plumbing installations. B. orientalis and B.germanica are the most common species in Northern Europe. P. Americana and P. Australasia are tropical and sub-tropical species but also found in ports and shipping areas in temperate climates.

Biology and Behaviour

Generally 2 pairs of wings, although these may be reduced or even absent. Potential vector of diseases such as dysentery, gastroenteritis, typhoid and poliomyelitis. Their diet is omnivorous and includes fermenting substances, soiled septic dressing, hair, leather, parchment, wallpaper, faeces and food for human consumption.

Australian Cockroach
Description Family: Blattidae Scientific Name: Periplaneta australasiae Special characteristics:

Adult, 30-35mm long; colour, light brown with ivory-yellow circular band enclosing large, distinct, bilobed black spot; yellow submarginal stripe at base of forewings. Gregarious and nocturnal, they spend the day hiding in cracks and crevices. Generally prefer warmer humid environments.
Habitat

Common in commercial premises associated with the production of handling food. They spend the day hiding in around areas such as sinks, drains, cookers, backs of cupboards and in refrigerator motor compartments. They especially favour buildings with service ducts and complex plumbing installations. B. orientalis and B.germanica are the most common species in Northern Europe. P. Americana and P. Australasia are tropical and sub-tropical species but also found in ports and shipping areas in temperate climates.

Biology and Behaviour

Generally 2 pairs of wings, although these may be reduced or even absent. Potential vector of diseases such as dysentery, gastroenteritis, typhoid and poliomyelitis. Their diet is omnivorous and includes fermenting substances, soiled septic dressing, hair, leather, parchment, wallpaper, faeces and food for human consumption.

German cockroach
Description Family: Blattidae Scientific Name: Blattella germanica Special characteristics:

Adults, 10-15mm long; colour, yellowish-brown with two longitudinal dark marks on pronotum; wings well developed in both sexes; can readily climb rough and polished vertical surfaces. Gregarious and nocturnal, they spend the day hiding in cracks and crevices. Generally prefer warmer humid environments.

Habitat

Common in commercial premises associated with the production of handling food. They spend the day hiding in around areas such as sinks, drains, cookers, backs of cupboards and in refrigerator motor compartments. They especially favour buildings with service ducts and complex plumbing installations. B. orientalis and B.germanica are the most common species in Northern Europe. P. Americana and P. Australasia are tropical and sub-tropical species but also found in ports and shipping areas in temperate climates.

Biology and Behaviour

Generally 2 pairs of wings, although these may be reduced or even absent. Potential vector of diseases such as dysentery, gastroenteritis, typhoid and poliomyelitis. Their diet is omnivorous and includes fermenting substances, soiled septic dressing, hair, leather, parchment, wallpaper, faeces and food for human consumption.

Oriental Cockroach
Description Family: Blattidae Scientific Name: Blatta orientalis Special characteristics:

Adults, 20-24mm long; colour, dark-brown, nearly black; wings of male cover two-thirds of abdomen, wings of female are vestigial; can climb rough but not smooth vertical surfaces. Gregarious and nocturnal, they spend the day hiding in cracks and crevices. Generally prefer warmer humid environments.

Habitat

Common in commercial premises associated with the production of handling food. They spend the day hiding in around areas such as sinks, drains, cookers, backs of cupboards and in refrigerator motor compartments. They especially favour buildings with service ducts and complex plumbing installations. B. orientalis and B.germanica are the most common species in Northern Europe. P. Americana and P. Australasia are tropical and sub-tropical species but also found in ports and shipping areas in temperate climates.

Biology and Behaviour

Generally 2 pairs of wings, although these may be reduced or even absent. Potential vector of diseases such as dysentery, gastroenteritis, typhoid and poliomyelitis. Their diet is omnivorous and includes fermenting substances, soiled septic dressing, hair, leather, parchment, wallpaper, faeces and food for human consumption.

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