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Cockroaches are found worldwide and some species are associated with human habitation. They follow an incomplete cycle; egg, nymph and adult. There is a strong linking with disease transmission with the indoor species and general public distaste over their presence in housing, and particularly in restaurants, kitchens and hotels. They are potential vectors of disease such as dysentery, gastroenteritis, typhoid and poliomyelitis. Their diet is omnivorous and their faeces may cause allergic reactions particularly amongst sensitive individuals like asthmatics. They are also primarily nocturnal and like to hide away in cracks and crevices during the day. They need a supply of drinking water or foods of a high water content. Here are two of the of the more important species commonly dealt with in the UK;
Oriental Cockroach(Blatta Orientalis)
20-24mm long, dark brown nearly black, can climb rough but not smooth surfaces. This cockroach is more tolerant of cooler conditions and can be found indoors, heated swimming pools, underground heating ducts, drains, refuse tips and outdoors near buildings. The female carries an egg case called an ootheca containing on average 16 eggs. She will deposit this near a food source and it will take 6-12 weeks to incubate, longer if cooler. The development from egg to adult can take from 6 to 18 months, depending mostly on temperature. The adult can live up to 6 months.
German Cockroach(Blatella Germanica)
12-15mm long yellowish-brown and can readily climb rough and polished surfaces. This primarily nocturnal pest prefers warm, humid conditions in heated buildings and is not normally found outside. Nymphs and adults cluster in groups when inactive due to an aggregation pheromone. They feed on a wide range of food and need free access to water. The female of this species carries her ootheca around with her , right up until it is ready to hatch, where between 30-40 nymphs will emerge. the egg case will take about 2-4 weeks to hatch taking 2-6 moths to reach maturity.
A thorough survey should be carried out before any treatment, to see the size of the infestation, at night if possible. Looking for signs of, live or dead cockroaches ,faecal smears around harbourages, shed skins and if there is a heavy infestation a sweet sickly smell.
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