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 Medical Alert Cockroaches can pick up disease-causing bacteria, such as Salmonella, on their legs, which can contaminate foods, and cause food infections or poisoning. House dust containing cockroach feces and body parts can trigger allergic reactions and asthma in human adults and children.

American Cockroach

Adult American cockroaches are about 1.6 inches in length, reddish brown and have a yellowish margin on the body region behind the head. Odorous secretions made by American cockroaches are strong enough to alter the flavor of food.

American cockroaches have three developmental stages: egg, nymph, and adult. Females produce an egg case (ootheca) which protrudes out the back end of the abdomen (females produce an average of 9-10 purse-shaped egg cases). After about two days, she places the egg cases on a surface in a safe location. Immature cockroaches (nymphs) emerge in 6-8 weeks and require 6-12 months to mature. Adult cockroaches can live up to an additional year during which females produce and average of 150 young.

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Brown-banded Cockroach

Measuring about inch in length, the Brown-banded cockroach is tan to light brown, with two light-colored bands across the wings and abdomen. The bands may sometimes appear to be broken or irregular but are quite noticeable. The male (wider than the female) has wings that cover the abdomen, while the female has wings that do not completely cover the abdomen.

These cockroaches prefer 80 degrees or warmer, thus, more often found in upper cabinets in kitchens or bathrooms, or on the ceilings in dimly lit rooms. The female produces egg-cases, like other cockroaches, and more apt to hide the egg-cases in or under furniture.

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German Cockroach

Only about inch in length, the German cockroach can be tan to brown to almost black, and has two dark parallel streaks running from the head to the base of the wings.

This cockroach species produces faster than any other residential cockroach, going from egg to a sexually mature adult in approximately 123 days. The female develops and egg-case (ootheca) on her abdomen and will noticably curl to the left or the right as it nears final maturation. Nymphs will begin to hatch while the egg-case is still attached to the female; however, the majority will emerge within 24 hours after the egg-case is detached from the female's body.

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Oriental Cockroach

Glossy dark brown to black in coloration; females are usually 1 inches in length while males are usually only 1 inch in length. Males have black wings that cover most of their body and female wings are no more than tiny lobes, thus, at first glance the female appears to be wingless.

Similar to other species of cockroaches, the female produces egg cases (oothecae), distinct egg compartments housing 16-18 eggs each. The egg cases are formed a day after mating, then deposited in a sheltered area, or attached to a substrate by oral secretion, 1-7 days after formation. The egg cases are initially yellow white, turning reddish brown then blackish brown, with nymphes hatching on their own in about 42 days.

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Smokybrown Cockroach

Body length ranges from 1 - 1 inches, they are dark brown to black in color, and both the male and female have wings longer than their abdomens.

The egg-cases produced by the Smokybrown Cockroach have a blunt point on one side and are dark-brown to black in color. Females produce about 17 egg-cases, with each egg-case containing up to 24 eggs. The average life span of a Smokybrown Cockroach is about 250-300 days.

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