Cockroaches are probably the most pervasive of all insect domiciliary pests. As invaders of the environments we have created for our own comfort, they have established themselves in our homes, businesses, hospitals, places of food storage and preparation, transportation systems, and underground utility networks. Although the number of species involved is not great—less than 10 are true cosmopolitan pests, with some 40 others of greater or lesser local importance—the population densities these insects can attain is enormous, with the result that in many parts of the world it is virtually impossible to avoid contact with cockroaches or their products.


Secretory Cell Abdominal Tergite Defensive Secretion German Cockroach Blattella Germanica 
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