Cockroaches are mostly tropical insects. Those that are found in colder climates, such as Winnipeg, are those that enter homes and buildings to escape colder weather. Cockroaches can become a serious pest. Fortunately, cockroaches do not cause structural damage. Cockroaches are considered to be a health risk by spreading bacteria and contaminating food, potentially causing illness. Cockroach feces, saliva, bodies and casts can also trigger allergic responses and / or worsen underlying respiratory conditions in susceptible individuals.
The American cockroach is large, 38 to 50 mm in length. It is reddish brown in colour with yellowish edges and markings behind the head. The front wings have a yellowish stripe along the front edge.
The German cockroach is small, 12 to 16 millimeters in length and is pale to dark brown in colour and has two dark brown stripes behind the head. Immature cockroaches have stripes running the full length of its body. The German cockroach leaves an offensive odor wherever it has walked.
The Oriental cockroach is a medium to large-sized cockroach, 25 to 35 millimeters in length. It is black to very dark reddish brown in colour. The adult male has very short wings while the female has only wing stubs.
Adult female cockroaches may live a year or more when conditions are good. The female lays 12 to 25 eggs in rectangular cases. The female often carries the case before attaching it to an object in a sheltered location. It can take two to three months before the eggs hatch. It can take four months to one year for a cockroach to be fully grown.
Cockroaches are scavengers and feed on virtually anything and enjoy a wide range of items including human food, fabric, glue, leather, paper, and common pantry items.
Cockroaches prefer warm moist areas in close proximity to food and water sources. Bathrooms, kitchens and rooms containing sewer pipes or plumbing make an ideal habitat for cockroaches. You can often find cockroaches in drawers, cupboards, under sinks, in and around stoves with a favorite spot being in a refrigerators motor area. Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal, hiding during the day and being active at night. Cockroaches scurry away quickly when exposed.
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