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Scientific name: Blattaria

Commonly known as: Cockroaches; Roaches

Average size: 1-2inches

Commonly found: Where food or waste is present; Dark, warm and moist places

Diet: Omnivorous; Will eat most organic matter

General characteristics and facts:

  • Nocturnal
  • Flat, oval-shaped bodies
  • 6 legs
  • Quick-moving
  • Unlikely to bite
  • Not poisonous but can carry disease
  • Can produce a chirping or clicking sound
  • Can vary in color (depending on species) from light reddish-brown to dark brown or black
  • Many species have wings, but do not tend to fly
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