Appearance - 3-35 mm mm long.  Shining dark brown in colour.  Wings longer than the body in male; only just overlap abdomen in female.  Runs (may fly at very high temperatures).

Lifecycle

Females deposit the ootheca (egg case) containing 22-26 eggs a day after production.
Nymphs take between 6-12 months to develop into adults.
The noticeable difference between nymphs and adults, apart from size, is the lack of wings in the young.

Habits

Lives in tree hollows, under bark, under floors, and enters buildings at night.
Nocturnal (hides during the day in cracks and crevices or any other dark warm places).
Has a habit of entering houses and contaminating food with excrement, regurgitated salivary fluid and potentially harmful bacteria.


Threat


Cockroach disease is something that many people are worried about when they see a cockroach in their home.  Cockroaches are known to carry disease because they can live on just about anything, meaning they often live on unsanitary substances.  Cockroach disease can affect humans.  Cockroaches are known to carry diseases like dysentery, typhoid and poliomyelitis, as well as gastroenteritis.

smokey brown Cockroach (Periplaneta fuliginosa)

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