Cockroaches – Worksop, Retford, Mansfield, Hull
Cockroaches are most commonly found in commercial premises in which food is produced or handled such as restaurants and catering premises. They can also be found on domestic premises where they live in kitchens or in drains. They are a significant public health pest which can carry diseases such as typhoid, diarrhoea, dysentery, gastroenteritis, and salmonella.
There are three main species in this country, they are; Oriental cockroach (Blatta orientalis) German cockroach (Blattella germanica) and the American cockroach (Periplaneta americaana) which is the largest of the species.
The Oriental cockroach is 20-24mm in length as a adult, it is almost black in colour and is found in less humid areas than the German cockroach which is smaller at 9-14mm long and is a yellowy-brown in colour and is a better climber then a Oriental cockroach and thrives in kitchens and canteens. The American cockroach is 30-35mm in length and lives well in drains and sewers.
Cockroach's are nocturnal and spend the day hiding in cracks, crevices and drains around sources of food and water such as cookers and sinks. The Cockroach's diet is omnivorous and they will eat anything from human food, leather, hair, faeces, wallpaper and other cockroach's. They contaminate food by moving from refuse to food prep areas.