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The German cockroach is the most common cockroach in this part of the world. It can be found in homes, apartments, restaurants, hospitals or other buildings where food is stored. The adults are pale brown in colour. Adults are winged but rarely fly. Under ideal conditions they can live for up to 12 months.
The female carries an egg case containing up to 40 eggs and can produce up to 8 cases per year. So in a favourable location can produce up to 400 offspring. They are nocturnal and will run away when exposed to a light source. If they are appearing during daylight hours this can mean an excessively heavy infestation.They are capable of living for up to a month without food. Their favourite hiding and breeding places are cracks and crevices.
German cockroaches will cause troublesome infestations which develop rapidly after the introduction of a few individuals. They can be brought in with the groceries or might even migrate from a nearby infested dwelling. They normally inhabit the kitchen or bathroom. They can often be found behind the likes of the fridge, dishwasher or washing machine.
Cockroaches are perhaps the most disagreeable insects to inhabit our space. In addition to their repulsive and annoying characteristics, they eat and contaminate human food. Foraging or feeding cockroaches spread human disease by depositing organisms on our food, dishes any other household items.