GERMAN COCKROACH

The German cockroach is one of the most common and prominent household cockroaches in the world, and can be found throughout many human settlements. These insects are particularly fond of inhabiting restaurants, food proceesing facilities, hotels, and nursing homes. In colder climates, they are found only near human habitats, since they are not very tolerant to cold. This cockroach can be seen in the day occasionally, especially if there is a large population or if they have been disturbed. However, sightings are most commonly reported in the evening hours as they are most active at night.

AMERICAN COCKROACH

he American cockroach is the largest of the house-infesting cockroaches. American cockroaches are found in food processing areas and food storage areas, as well as other types of buildings. They are active when the temperature is 70 degrees or higher, but they can survive lower temperatures with the right conditions. American cockroaches are often found in sewers and basements, particularly around pipes and drains. Cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. They can pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then carry these into food or onto food surfaces. Germs that cockroaches eat from decaying matter or sewage are protected while in their bodies and may remain infective for several weeks longer than if they had been exposed to cleaning agents, rinse water, or just sunlight and air. Recent medical studies have shown that cockroach allergens cause lots of allergic reactions in inner city children. They were even shown to cause asthma in children. These allergens build up in deposits of droppings, secretions, cast skins, and dead bodies of roaches.

ANTS

an insect that lives in complex well-organized colonies and is noted for its ability to carry objects heavier than itself. Male ants have wings, as do fertile females queens after mating. Family: Formicidae.

FLEAS

Fleas are small wingless insect with legs adapted for jumping that sucks blood and lives as a parasite on warm-blooded animals.

 

TERMITES

A light-coloured social insect that forms large colonies. Many species live in warm or tropical regions, feed on wood, and are highly destructive to trees and wooden structures.

WASPS

A slender black-and-yellow-striped social stinging insect that typically has well-developed wings, biting mouthparts, and a narrow stalk connecting the abdomen and thorax.

 

BEES

A flying insect with a furry body that makes a buzzing sound as it flies. Some species of bees have stings, and some live in hives and produce honey.

RODENTS/MICE

A small animal of an order with large gnawing incisor teeth that continue growing throughout the animal’s life, e.g. a mouse, rat, squirrel, or marmot. Rodents make up more than a third of all living mammal species and are adapted to all terrestrial habitats.

SPIDERS

A predatory invertebrate animal with four pairs of legs and two or more abdominal organs spinnerets used for spinning webs that serve as nests and traps for prey. It is popularly thought to be an insect, although it is an arachnid.

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