COCKROACHES

Oriental Cockroaches

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Description:


The oriental cockroach is recognizable by its colour ranging from dark brown to black and a shiny body. The male is almost 25 mm long while the female is almost 32 mm long. The male has wings covering 75% of his body and the female has very small rudimentary wings, both of which do not fly.

Food:


The oriental cockroach feeds on different food and organic matter but prefers a diet rich in starch.

Habits:


The oriental cockroach is found in hot and humid places, such as the basements of buildings and the ground floors. It rarely goes upstairs.

Reproduction:

The female transports the eggs to an ootheca (capsule in which the eggs are kept) which she deposits in a warm place and near a food source. On average, the female will produce about 8 egg banks containing approximately 16 eggs.