Cockroaches have existed for more than 400 million years and those that exist today are virtually indistinguishable from the first of the species. Cockroaches are commonly found in groups, but are not considered social insects - meaning that they do not co-operate for survival the way ants and bees do.


Identifying a Cockroach


There are several different species of cockroaches, each visually distinct from others. In fact, there are more than 70 different types that have taken up residence in various parts of the continent. The American Cockroach ranges between 1 and 2 inches long and is reddish brown in color. In the American species, both males and females have wings, but they are only poor to moderately good fliers.


Even more important than the American Cockroach is the German Cockroach - which is, by far, the most common. These cockroaches are less than 1 inch long and light brown in color. Both the male and female rarely fly.


The Damage Cockroaches Can Cause


Cockroaches have a reputation for being indiscriminate eaters, willing to feed on almost anything that has nutritive value. For this reason they can be a disastrous pest for restaurants and homes.


In addition to damaging goods, cockroaches are also well known to carry common disease pathogens, such as salmonella, and can cause allergic reactions in people.


A Cockroach's Life Cycle


A cockroach's life cycle is considered to be a simple metamorphosis going through the stages of egg to nymph to adult. Depending on the species, the female will lay between 4 and 60 eggs, and in some species the female can lay eggs without male fertilization.


Given its relatively short development time, a German Cockroach population can produce 3-4 generations each year, with each generation of females laying between 30-40 eggs every cycle.




Cockroaches that live within human establishments are generally nocturnal, although they may be active during the day when the infestation is very large and hiding spaces are too crowded. Although cockroaches can live in widely varying environments, warm and humid areas are preferred.


German Cockroaches are generally found in warm areas such as kitchens and bathrooms, but will venture to other areas where people often eat, such as the den or bedroom. These cockroaches commonly gain entrance to a building or home through paper products or secondhand appliances.



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