Pest Control Specialist

Pest Profiles


Cockroaches


  • Coackroaches

    PROFILE

    Cockroaches are one of the worlds most successful survivors and scavengers, they eat almost anything. Some of the approximate 3,000 species of cockroach are pests and are carriers of disease affecting humans.

BIOLOGY

Cockroaches avoid light, prefer warm, moist situations close to a food source. All cockroaches have flat bodies, enabling them to hide in cracks and crevices. Legs are almost even and the antennae are long.


Cockroaches avoid light, prefer warm, moist situations close to a food source. All cockroaches have flat bodies, enabling them to hide in cracks and crevices. Legs are almost even and the antennae are long.


The noticeable difference between cockroach nymphs and adults, apart from size, is the lack of wings in the young. Although the adults have wings, in most circumstances, they still prefer to run rather than fly. At the end of each growth stage the outer shell or cuticle splits and the almost white new stage emerges.


It darkens in a few hours to again blend in with the other cockroaches. Eggs are carried by the female in a capsule. Hatching nymphs grow through a series of 5-12 moults. The larger species become adults in 9-12 months. The German cockroach can mature in 2-3 months and with up to 40 eggs in a capsule the "family" could number 20,000 in a year.


SPECIES

There are approximately five species of cockroach that are considered major pests.


ASSOCIATED DISEASE

Cockroaches indiscriminate feeding in such areas as sewers, drains and garbage areas brings them in contact with disease organisms such as salmonella and others associated with dysentry, typhoid, hepatitis and tuberculosis. Cockroaches are known also to produce allergic reactions in humans and in some instances severe asthma attacks.


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