There are two types of cockroach commonly found in this country: The German and the Oriental. They are quite large insects, which can be distinguished by their size and colour. The female Oriental cockroach can produce up to five egg capsules and each contains up to sixteen eggs. The German cockroach can produce four to eight capsules at monthly intervals. They are smaller than the Oriental cockroach, but contain up to thirty eggs.
Cockroaches can be found infesting all types of buildings from blocks of flats to industrial premises, and particularly kitchen areas. They are nocturnal and spend most of the day hiding in cracks and crevices around such areas as sinks, drains, cookers, skirting boards, service ducts and fridge motor compartments.
If you believe you have a cockroach infestation in your property you must report it as soon as possible. Failing to report a cockroach infestation may allow the infestation to spread to adjoining properties.