The most common species of cockroach in Britain is the German Cockroach which is 10-15mm in length and of a yellowish-brown colour.

Less common are Oriental Cockroaches which are dark brown and up to 30mm in length. 

Larger still, but fortunately rare in this country, are the American Cockroaches can be found in premises where food is stored or handled including in the home. 

They are nocturnal insects and will spend most of the day hiding in cracks, around drains, pipe work and service ducting. 

Infestations may be introduced into premises in laundry and food deliveries.

Cockroaches can survive without food for several months but not without water.

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