What do they look like?
The two main species of cockroach in Britain are
the Oriental cockroach which is dark brown in colour and about
30 mm long and the German cockroach which is light yellowish brown
and about 12 mm long. Both species bodies are divided into three
sections and have long antennae protruding from the head.
Where do they live?
They are generally found indoors in areas such
as cellars, basements, kitchens, bakeries and heating ducts. The
oriental cockroach can survive outdoors in Britain. They will
often remain hidden indoors during the day using cracks and crevices
as harbourages. This means that in most casts they will not be
evident during the day. Cockroaches can survive for several months
without food, but will not live for more than a few days without
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