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German Cockroach Ootheca

All pest species of female cockroaches produces egg cases which are known as oothecae, this is what they also use to carry their eggs around in. Oriental cockroaches will have less eggs in their oothecae than other species of cockroach like the German cockroach. The oothecae contain many eggs and are enveloped by a protein substance, which hardens over a short period of time to form a very strong, protective casing. Some species of cockroaches will drop their egg cases, while other species will carry the ootheca in their abdomen until the eggs are ready to hatch. Sightings of oothecae on your floors is a common sign that you have a cockroach infestation.

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