Cockroaches may carry and transmit diseases such as Salmonella and many other bacteria, worms, viruses and protozoa onto food or food preparation areas resulting in food poisoning, gastroenteritis, dysentery, hepatitis, typhoid fever and more.

The german cockroach is the most common pest in food premises - it thrives in areas that provide shelter (hollows inside cracks), warmth, food and water.  It reaches maturity in as little as 40 days and each egg case contains 30-40 eggs.  They congregate in areas, brought together by an aggregation pheromone.  The technician will need to identify these harbourages to achieve a successful outcome.  Sealing potential harbourages, such as the gap between stainless steel and tiles, can be integral to an effective pest management treatment.


German Cockroach - Blattella Germanica
Masterline Pest Control - German Cockroach

This cockroach measures 1.3 to 1.6 cms long.  Is tan through brown to almost black in colour with two dark parallel streaks running from the head to the base of the wings.   Rarely flies.  They like starch, surgary foods, grease and meats.  This type of cockroach can emit an unpleasant odour when disturbed or excited.  Due to their small size and prolific breeding habits can become a huge problem very quickly.


American Cockroach - Periplaneta
Frontline Pest Management - American Cockroach

Largest pest cockroach the adult grows to an average 4cms long.  They are reddish brown and have a yellowish margin on the body region behind the head.  Breeds in sewers and grease traps.  Prefers decaying organic matter.  Flies readily.  Considered to be one of the fastest running insects.


Australian Cockroach - Periplaneta Australasiae
Frontline Pest Management - Australian Cockroach

Similar in appearance to American but with more yellow markings.  Smaller in size than the American cockroach.  Inhabits roof and wall voids, green houses.  Prefers plant origin food.  Flies on occasions.


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