Cockroaches can sometimes be mistaken for black beetles, however cockroaches are distinguished by their extremely long antennae and flat oval bodies.
Cockroaches are rarely able to survive successfully outdoors in the British climate but thrive in warm areas inside large centrally heated buildings throughout the country. They live in hot humid areas and usually gather around pipes, sinks and stoves.
Both species of cockroach, the German and the Oriental eat almost any sort of food and are mostly active at night. They contaminate work surfaces and utensils as they go about their business at night. The carry an obnoxious smell and can carry diseases like food poisoning.
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