Cockroaches are high health risk pests.
Their control and management are important for health and safety reasons, because they can contaminate our food and living space as they are potential carriers of disease such as Dysentery and Typhoid and can spread nearly 33 kinds of bacteria including E. coli and Salmonella. They are nocturnal, carnivorous pests which thrive best in dark, warm environments where the air is moist. They are commonly found in areas associated with food production and storage and can enter the premises as egg capsules or adults carried in with food packaging. They can also enter via drains and small structural openings. Cockroaches have existed for millions of years, and there are thousands of species throughout the world today.
German cockroaches are one the most common species. They measure 13 to 16 mm long and are pale brown in color, with two dark-brown stripes behind the head. These insects typically live up to 12 months and produce more eggs than other species.
American cockroaches are the largest cockroaches commonly found in homes. Adults can grow up to 53 mm in length. American cockroaches are reddish-brown to brown in color, with light yellow bands around the shield behind the head. Both males and females of this species have wings and are capable of flying short distances. American cockroaches can live up to two years and are commonly found in households where food is stored.
Oriental cockroaches have glossy, dark-brown or black bodies. Females can grow up to 32 mm in length, while males typically measure less than 25 mm long. Neither male nor female Oriental cockroaches are capable of flight. Their life span is up to six months. Oriental cockroaches feed primarily on decaying organic matter.
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