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American Cockroach

Key features


The adult American cockroach is reddish brown in colour and is fully winged.


Male wings extend beyond the tip of the  abdomen: female winds do not.


There is a pale brown to yellowish band around the edges of the pronotum


BIOLOGY

The  female deposits oothecae a few hours or to 4 days before the 1st instars emerge.

The ootheca is dropped or glued to a suitable surface, usually in a pocket of high humidity near a food source.

The young nymphs emerge from egg case and feed on a wide variety of foodstuffs, eating the same materials as the older nymphs and adults.


Adult size:..............................................................34-53 mm

Number of  moults.................................................10-13

Development time..................................................Over 1 year (Egg to adult)

Length of adult stage..............................................6 months-1 year +

No of oothecae produced in female lifetime ….....Average 40

No of eggs produced per ootheca:..........................14-16


Significance

This species is not well-established in Britain yet.

It is not as cold tolerant as Blatta orientals and Blanttella germanica.

Typical infestations in the United Kingdom are port areas, where it is introduced via ships.

Infestation areas include greenhouses, zoos, large centrally heated humid environments, etc.


Control

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