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Types of Cockroaches in The UK

In the UK, the most common types of cockroaches found are the German cockroach (Blattella germanica) and the Oriental cockroach (Blatta orientalis).

German Cockroaches

German cockroaches are the most common of the species within the UK.

Despite having wings they do not fly, but they are fast runners and extremely good climbers so they can move around very quickly.

German cockroaches prefer warm humid environments, with food and water nearby. Typically you will find them in kitchens or bathrooms.

Oriental Cockroaches

Oriental cockroaches are typically dark reddish-brown in colour, with the adults varying in size from 25mm to 30mm in length

Oriental cockroaches can survive cooler conditions than Germans, but most of the time they will live in buildings, as unfortunately these often provide the comfort and safety they are looking for.

One of the most likely indoor areas you’ll find Oriental cockroaches is in the basement as these are moist damp areas.

American Cockroaches

The American cockroach has reddish-brown wings, light, circular or figure-eight markings on its thorax.

Typically they prefer habitats where food and water supply are plentiful.  American cockroaches require warmer conditions than German and Orientals. They can be found in tropical glasshouses and inner-city drains.

The American cockroach, like most others, will consider anything for its next meal. Foods, faeces and everything in between is fair game for a hungry roach.

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