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There are two main types of cockroach in the UK - the German cockroach (blatella germanica) and the oriental cockroach (blatta orientalis).


Cockroaches are large insects with antennae and two sets of wings. The most common one in the UK is the German cockroach - 10-15 mm long and usually yellow/brown. It has a shiny leather like appearance and is often seen climbing up walls. Oriental cockroaches are larger and darker.

Signs of infestation



The female cockroach can produce up to eight egg cases (each containing 30 eggs) at monthly intervals. Nymphs emerge from their eggs in two to four weeks and are white, but the cuticle soon darkens to the normal colour. They are like the adults but smaller and as all insects need some months to mature.


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