Cockroaches ID.

Main Cockroach Species


I. German cockroach

Scientific Name: Blattella germanica (Linnaeus)

Order/Family: Blattodea/Blattellidae

Biology: The female German cockroach produces up to 320 eggs during her life.


II. American cockroach

Scientific Name: Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus)

Order/Family: Blattodea/Blattidae

Biology: The female American cockroach produces up to 160 eggs during her life.


III. Oriental cockroach

Scientific Name: Blatta orientalis (Linnaeus)

Order/Family: Blattodea/Blattidae

Biology: The female Oriental cockroach produces up to 128 eggs during her life.


Cockroaches health significance: Cockroaches associated with different pathogens causing various diseases:

  1. a.Bacterial pathogens causing various diseases such as; Dysentery, Plague, Pneumonia, Food poisoning, Gastro-enteritis, and wound & skin infections.
  2. b.Helminthes pathogens causing various diseases such as; Pinworms, Trichuriasis (Whipworm), Hookworm, Giant human roundworm, and Tapeworm.
  3. c.Fungal pathogens causing various diseases such as; Pneumomycosis, Otomycosis, and Bronchomycosis,
  4. d.Protozoa pathogens causing Amebiasis.
  5. e.Viral pathogen causing Paralytic polio.


Other cockroaches' health implications:

  1. Cockroaches not only do they spread disease by contaminating food, they produce odorous secretions from various points in their bodies, and these secretions can affect the flavor of foods. Indeed, even dishes crossed by cockroaches may give off an offensive order unless they are washed thoroughly before food warms them.
  2. Filth and germs from damp and unsanitary places are spread by the cockroaches onto food supplies, food preparation surfaces, dishes, utensils, and other surfaces