Cockroaches need to be effectively controlled as they contaminate food with their excrement, give out an unpleasant odour, and many people can get allergic skin reactions to them. Cockroaches are large robust insects with ‘whip like’ antennae and two pairs of wings. The most common species found in the UK are the Oriental and German cockroaches, and can gather together in large numbers if left unchecked.
Cockroaches like warm and humid conditions, similar to those found in a typical home, which can give them a good source of food as well as shelter. They are nocturnal, spending the day in such areas as sinks, drains, the back of cupboards and around fridge motors.
The female lays her eggs in a capsule containing up to 16 eggs and carries it to an area where the young can find food. The eggs hatch into small versions of the adults, or nymphs, after six to twelve weeks. The nymphs (which resemble the adults except for lack of wings) take between ten months and two years to grow to adulthood. Adults live for about 18 weeks.
The egg capsules of German cockroaches contain up to 32 eggs. The female carries the egg case for some time and drops it when the eggs are close to hatching. The nymphs take approximately 14 weeks to grow into adults and can live for approximately 34 weeks.To be sure that cockroaches are removed effectively, a council treatment is always advised.
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