The fertilized female striped cockroach produces about twenty eggs which are contained in her abdomen for a period of 24 to 36 hours. Then, she deposits her eggs on different surfaces of her environment. The incubation period varies from 40 to 100 days. The nymphs reach maturity between 2 to 6 months. This species appreciates dry and warm places. It does not require the same water content as other cockroaches, which need a lot of moisture to develop. Adults have a lifespan not exceeding 10 months.
Due to the nature of its diet, the striped cockroach carries germs from organic residues such as E. coli or salmonella bacteria, which are easily transferred to food. The striped cockroach also leaves its excrement on the food with which it is in contact. Therefore, consumption of these foods by humans could cause gastroenteritis, diarrhea or other intestinal infections. At the first sign of an infestation of brown-banded cockroaches, a common cockroach in Quebec, act quickly to get rid of them.
Organic waste is the basis of the striped cockroach’s diet. It is omnivorous and feeds on food residues, organic matter, starch contained in paper or various waste.
HOW TO DETECT A SIGN OF THEIR PRESENCE
If you detect traces of deterioration on food packaging and/or remains of larvae cocoons and/or you smell a strong odor because of the very odorous pheromones that cockroaches leave as a means of You have noticed the presence of traces of droppings, cockroach molts, egg pockets or communication, recognition and to find a sexual partner. This stale odor will increase as the infestation progresses. They can be found in all parts of a facility and prefer to hide in high places.
These are alarm signals, it is time to act!
HOW TO PREVENT STRIPED COCKROACHES
Cockroaches enter homes through water pipes and drains. They can also enter through furniture, second-hand clothing or appliances. Cockroaches then spread through walls and plumbing. You need to check the openings around the pipes by plugging them and repairing leaking pipes: these little pests will get into the slightest breach.
Then, it is important to keep your floors clean, empty garbage cans regularly and keep food products in well-sealed containers.