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Cockroaches


Description:
    Largest species of the common cockroach
    Adults can grow to an average of 1.6 inches tall and .28 inches tall
    Reddish brown and have yellowish margin on the body region behind the head
    Immature cockroaches resemble adults except they are wingless
    Has a pair of large compound eyes each having over 2000 individual lenses

Reproduction:
    Females produce egg cases which protrude from the tip of the abdomen.
    After 2 days, the eggs are places on a surface in a safe location
    Eggs hatch in 6-8 weeks
    Takes 6-12 months to develop from egg to adults
    Adults can live up to 1 year
    Females can produce an average of 150 young.

Habits/ Habitats:
    Very active at night
    Generally live in moist areas, but can survive in dry areas if they have access to water.
    Prefer warm temperatures, do not tolerate the cold
    In residential areas
    Live in basements, sewers, crawl spaces, cracks and crevices of porches, foundations, and walkways adjacent to
buildings
    May enter homes through plumbing traps and are found near bathtubs and clothes hampers
    May move outdoors into yards during warm weather.
    A scavenger that feeds on decaying organic matter
    Fond of fermenting foods (yeast, mold)
    Beer, alcoholic beverages
    Has an unpleasant odor

Threats:
    Can spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, 6 kinds of parasitic worms, and 7 other kinds of human pathogens.
    Can pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then carry these onto food surfaces.
    Germs that cockroaches eat from decaying matter or sewage is protected while in their bodies and may remain infective     for several weeks longer than if they had been exposed to cleaning agents, rinse water, or just sunlight.

Prevention Tips:
    Good sanitation and habitat reduction
    Bite-Away’s Treatment Suggestions
    Monthly pest control service
    Areas of treatment
    Cracks and Crevices
    Behind kitchen appliances
    Along baseboards
    Under sinks
    In pantries
    Around pipes and water drains
    Window and door frames
    Exterior of structure