Key Features

There are over 3000 species of cockroach. 4 of these are most commonly found in the UK:

These cockroaches will eat any sort of food and emerge from their inaccessible harbourages to forage, contaminating food, utensils and food preparation surfaces as they go. They taint food with an obnoxious smell and may be carriers of various diseases.


A cockroach is distinguished by their very long whip like antennae, flat oval bodies and rapid, jerky gait. Cockroaches at all nymphal stages and adults feed on the same type of food, making the establishment of an infestation extremely easy.

The German cockroach carries its egg case, a small brown purse-like capsule, until 30 or more nymphs hatch from it. Both the Oriental and American cockroach deposits their long egg capsule on packaging, sacking or in suitable dark crevices before the 16 or 18 nymphs hatch out. The Brown banded cockroach carries an egg capsule for up to 3 days before attaching it to a surface until 10-16 young hatch.

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