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How to identify cockroaches
There are over 3000 different species of cockroach around the world. Some are considered pests while others are beneficial in their natural habitat. Pest cockroaches can be carriers of various diseases. German Cockroach, Oriental Cockroach, American Cockroach and Brown Banded Cockroach species are most common to the UK.
German Cockroach – these are recognisable by their light brown or tan colouration with two black horizontal stripes behind the head. They grow to around 16mm in length. While the German Cockroach has wings, they very rarely fly, preferring to run instead. They breed throughout the year producing around 140 – 320 eggs each time.
Oriental Cockroach – these are larger than the German Cockroach and grow between 25 – 30mm in length. They are dark brown to black in colour. The males are smaller and can be identified by the presence of three-quarter length wings. The females are larger but lack the presence of wings altogether, instead having large wing pads that cover the first couple of segments of the body. Neither the male or the female is capable of flight.
American Cockroach – These are the largest cockroach species to infest UK homes. Adults grow to approximately 20-30mm in length, are a reddish-brown in colour, and with wings that span the length of its body are able to fly short distances.
Brown Banded Cockroach – These are one of the smallest cockroaches to infest UK homes. Adults only grow to approximately 10-15mm in length and are recognizable by the yellow-brown stripes across their abdomen.
Signs Of A Cockroach Infestation
Although capable of living outdoors in tropical environments, in the UK the German Cockroach is most commonly found indoors. They prefer to live in warm humid areas and can typically be found in kitchens and bathrooms but will move to other areas if food and moisture are available. In apartment buildings, the German Cockroach can easily move between apartments via the plumbing and pipes. Their droppings appear as small dark “pepper-like” material left on work tops, in drawers and inside cupboards. Faecal staining may also appear as dark spots or smears in the corner of rooms, around small cracks and along the top of doors. When they are present in large numbers it may be possible to detect a mild musty odour.
Oriental Cockroaches are often called, water bugs as there preferred habitat includes drains, sewers, cellars and other dark & damp areas. They`re often found feeding on decomposing organic matter.
American Cockroaches prefer to inhabit dark, warm and moist environments. They are frequently found in the cracks and crevices of sewers, drains & ventilation systems. Due to the UK climate, American Cockroaches are rarely seen outside.
Brown Banded CockroachOriental Cockroaches are often called, water bugs as there preferred habitat includes drains, sewers, cellars and other dark & damp areas. They`re often found feeding on decomposing organic matter.
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