Size:Around 2 cm (1 in)
Life Expectancy:Up to a year
Problems:Pathogen transport and allergic reactions
Behaviour, Diet and Habits:
Cockroaches are generally omnivorous; they feed on a great variety of foodstuffs including bread, fruit, leather, starch in book bindings, paper, glue, skin flakes, hair, dead insects and soiled clothing. Cockroaches adapt readily to a variety of environments, but prefer warm conditions found within buildings.
Cockroaches feed on human and pet food and can leave an offensive odor. They can passively transport pathogenic microbes on their body surfaces. Cockroaches are linked with allergic reactions in humans and can increase the risk of an asthma attack in people with asthma.
Minimizing Cockroach Problems:
Many remedies have been tried in the search for control of cockroaches, which are resilient and fast-breeding. Poisoned bait containing hydramethylnon or fipronil, and boric acid powder is effective on adults. Baits with egg killers are also quite effective at reducing the cockroach population. Alternatively, insecticides containing deltamethrin or pyrethrin are very effective.
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