The most common cockroach in Canada is the German Cockroach. It has a flattened oval body with long spiny legs and measure 15mm ( 3/4″) when fully grown. Both male and female are winged. Color is light brown with two dark brown stripes running lenghwise on the thorax (middle section)
Cockroaches are attracted to food, water, warmth and shelter. They will eat anything and are particularly attracted to starchy food/stuff. Cockroaches are active year-round.
Cockroaches are nocturnal and are most active at night. Any sudden light will cause them to scurry for shelter. Cockroaches can be found under the cleanest conditions, wherever food and warmth are present. For this reason they are a major problem in hospitals, hotels, restaurants, bakeries butcher shops, multi- unit residences and homes. their habitat is around sinks, behind stoves and refrigerators, in drains and crack.
A Female Cockroach carries an egg capsule containing approximately 40 eggs which she drops prior to hatching. Development from eggs to adults takes three to four months and cockroaches live up to a year. The female may produce up to eight egg cases in her lifetime. An infestation of Cockroaches can number in the thousands.