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Despite the name, originated in North Africa, but have left the nest to explore the world.
Any place damp. Found outdoors under stones, in leaf litter and other debris. Found indoors in spaces between walls, crawl spaces, basements and floor drains. May crawl up water pipes. Usually found in lower kitchen cabinets.
Anything lying around, even if it's got a little dirt on it. This includes starches and organic matter in the process of decaying. In other words: filth.
Eggs are usually deposited a day after formation. Females may drop or glue them to a warm and protected area near a source of food. Development time from egg to adult varies according to temperature; at room temperature, development takes about 20 months. Adults may live 1-6 months.
A disgusting health hazard, as they feed on filth, which increases their potential as disease transmitters. This species also has a strong odor. Phew.
They squeeze through any possible opening, from doors, along pipes and air ducts, through drains and unscreened ventilation openings.
Outside treatment is important for control. When noted inside, treatments should be made to both interior and exterior areas. Preparation is necessary; emptying lower cupboards in kitchens and bathrooms and treating cracks within is recommended.
On the exterior, cracks in walkways and hollow block walls should be treated. Garages should also be inspected and treated, especially the expansion joint between the concrete slab and foundation. Areas tending to become moist should also be inspected and treated. 7-10 days are often required as more insects come into contact with the material. Cockroach baits are available, but due to competition with other food sources, may not be enough to produce a 'knock-down' of the population or achieve satisfactory long-term results. You may want to use a professional, as great thoroughness is required during the treatment process. Continued monitoring and additional treatments may be necessary. It is essential to contact the insects with the material in order to control. Use of residual liquid pesticides and dust formulations injected in wall voids is recommended. When using any pesticide, be sure it is registered for the target pest/location. Read the entire label prior to use. Follow all label directions, restrictions and precautions.
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