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Title: Swine Ectoparasites: Cockroach

Preview: The cockroach has become an increasingly important pest in swine production in recent years (Waldvogel et al. 1999). The female cockroach deposits eggs in a protective case called an ootheca. The oriental cockroach, Blatta orientalis, deposits the ootheca within a few days. The german cockroach, Blattella germanica, however carries the ootheca for several weeks, limiting the potential for predator or parasitoid attack. Gregarious by nature, cockroaches feed on a variety of foods, including animal feeds and feces.

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Date Published: April 30, 2012