Types of cockroaches in South Africa

  • German cockroach
  • American cockroach
  • Brown Banded cockroach
  • Oriental cockroach

How fast do they spread?

It takes about six to seven weeks for the baby cockroaches to emerge from the eggs. They remain in the nymph (baby) stage for approximately one year, and during this time they molt or shed their outer skin about eight times. The female German cockroach carries the ootheca until the eggs inside are ready to hatch. One ootheca contains up to 50 eggs.

Diseases carried

Cockroaches can carry some serious diseases:

  • Salmonella Typhi, which causes Typhoid, has been found in cockroaches.
  • Poliomyelitis, causes Polio, has also been found in these types of insects.
  • They can cause Dysentery, which is a disease that causes severe diarrhea that may include bleeding.

Did you know?

  • A cockroach can live for a week without its head, because they aren’t dependent on their mouth and head to breathe.
  • A cockroach can hold its breath for 40 minutes and can survive for a half an hour under water.
  • Cockroaches can run up to three miles in an hour.
  • The world’s largest cockroach is six inches long with a one-foot wingspan.
  • Cockroaches need water more than they need food.
  • The average lifespan of a cockroach is about one year.
  • There are more than 3500 different types of cockroaches in the world.

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