Cockroaches are undesirable additions to any household, and are among the most commonly noted household insect pests. It’s worth remembering that the cockroaches themselves are harmless: they don’t bite or sting, and shun light – they are however prone to breeding in dirty locations.

Description of the Cockroach

Scientific Name: Various, the order Blattaria or Blattodea
Colour: Reddish-brown
Length: 4cm
Lifespan 18-24 months

Reproduction of the Cockroach

Female cockroaches produce around 150 young each year. The immature cockroaches emerge from their egg cases after 6-8 weeks, and take around 6-12 months to mature.

Diet of the Cockroach

The Cockroach is a scavenger of a wide range of organic matter, but it’s particularly fond of material that is fermenting.

Habitat of the Cockroach

The Cockroach prefers moist, warm conditions, and cannot tolerate cold. It is often found in basements and sewers, and will hide in convenient cracks and crevices.