A major pest of buildings. The adult is 20 – 24 mm long and takes 6 – 12 months to develop from the egg. (All stages of life cycle shown above).
Common pest in towns and cities where they can scavenge on whatever food is available. Their droppings deface buildings and foul pavements.
Recently this troublesome pest has had a resurgence, both in terms of numbers and insecticide tolerance. Usually hide in cracks or mattresses during the day and emerge at night to feed on host.