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Cockroaches present a serious threat to human health and there are several species found in the UK. Some species are Omnivore; preferring to feed on animal waste, and others are vegetarian; preferring to feed on plants and plant waste, whereas some species will feed on almost anything. One species that occurs commonly in Botanic gardens, and public gardens, is the Australian cockroach (Periplaneta australasiae). This is a vegetarian species that can cause damage to plants, trees and flowers. The female lays 20-30 egg packs, each containing 22-24 eggs, and deposits them on a stem or trunk. The adults live for about six months. The species of Cockroach often found in Zoos is the American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana), as it prefers to feed on animal waste.
Cockroaches normally live indoors and enjoy warm, dark, humid environments. Cockroaches can spread a number of diseases including Salmonella, Dysentery and Gastroenteritis. They can also cause food poisoning, spread allergies, and infest people with Tapeworms, Roundworms and various viruses.
One of the first actions necessary to control and monitor Cockroach activity is to set up our Cockroach Attractant Traps. These traps can catch high numbers of Cockroaches and provide monitoring stations for population levels. The traps provide a chemical free solution to infestations which is increasingly important as Cockroaches can become resistant to insecticides.