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About Cockroach

Cockroaches are a type of insects. The Cockroaches belong tothe order Blattodea, from family Arthropoda. Termites are also included in this order. About 30 cockroach species out of 4,600 are associated with human habitats. About four species are well known as pests creating problems for human society.

The word cockroach is a corruption of the Spanish cucaracha. The cockroach is characterized by a flattened oval body, long threadlike antennae, and a shining black or brown leathery integument. The head is bent downward, and the mouthparts point backward instead of forward or downward as is the case in most other insects. The male usually has two pairs of wings, whereas the female, in some species, is wingless or has vestigial wings.

The female produces eggs in egg cases (called oothecae). These are sometimes held protruding from her body or may be glued in protected areas. After the female deposits an egg case, the soft white nymphs emerge. As their external skeleton hardens, it turns brown in colour. The structure and large size (certain species have a wingspread of more than 12 cm [4.7 inches]) of cockroaches have made them objects of interest in the biological laboratory.

History of Cockroaches

The cockroaches are an ancient group of insects, dating back at least as far as the period of Carboniferous time, may be some 320 million years ago. Those early ancestors however lacked the internal sex organsof modern cockroaches. Cockroaches are somewhat generalized insects without special adaptations like the sucking mouthparts of aphids and other real bugs; they have chewing mouthparts and are likely among the most primitive of living insects from neopteran era.

They are common and hardy insects and can tolerate a wide range of environments from Acute cold to desert heat. Tropical cockroaches are often much bigger than temperate species, and, contrary to popular belief, the relatives of extinct cockroachesand others, such as the Carboniferous cockroaches and the  other species at that time, were not as large as the biggest modern species.

Facts about Cockroaches-

  • Cockroaches have been around since the time of dinosaurs!
  • A cockroach can live almost a month without food.
  • A cockroach can live about two weeks without water.
  • Some female cockroaches only mate once and stay pregnant for life!
  • A cockroach can live for up to one week without its head!
  • Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes!
  • Cockroaches can run up to 3 miles an hour.

Habitats of Cockroaches

The cockroach prefers a warm, humid, dark environmentand is usually found in tropical or other mild climates. Only a few species have become pests. The cockroach damages more material than it consumes and emits a disagreeable odour. The diet of the roach, which includes both vegetable and animalproducts, ranges from food, paper, clothing, and books to dead insects, especially bed bugs. Strong insecticides are used in cockroach control.

Cockroaches are commonly found in buildings and homes because they prefer warm environments, which are close to food and water. Unfortunately, cockroaches can cause allergies and trigger asthma attacks, especially in children. They can also spread nearly 33 different kinds of bacteria in human beings.

Types of Cockroaches as pests

Common types of cockroaches as pests are many. While there are about 69 types of cockroaches commonly found by pest management specialists, the four most common species in the United States are the American, brown-banded, German and Oriental cockroaches.

American Cockroaches

The American cockroach is the largest cockroach found in houses. Despite its name, the American cockroach is not native to North America, but was likely introduced via ships from Africa in the early years of 1600s.

Females can hatch up to 150 offspring per year. Cockroaches don’t get their wings until they become adults. Their size is 2 inches and their body shape are oval. They have reddish brown colour, with a yellow band on the head. It has six legs and wings with antenna. American cockroaches will eat just about anything, including plants and other insects. American cockroaches prefer to live in warm, dark, wet areas, like sewers and basements. They often enter structures through drains and pipes.

Although American cockroaches can be found in homes, they are also common in larger commercial buildings, such as restaurants, grocery stores and hospitals. Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs. They can contaminate food by shedding their skins. Their cast-off skin and waste byproducts are allergens that can trigger allergic conditions, such as Asthma, and other illnesses, especially in children.

Brown Banded Cockroaches-

Brown banded cockroaches get their name from the two light bands they have across their dark brownish bodies. The male’s wings are larger than the female’s wings. Brownbanded cockroaches often hide their eggs in or under furniture.

They usually live 5-6 ½ months. They are of half an inch in size, with oval body shape. It has brown colour with light bands across the wings. It has six legs, wings and antenna. Brownbanded cockroaches prefer to eat starchy foods, such as wallpaper paste and book bindings. Sometimes they’ll eat non-organic things, like nylon stockings!

Brownbanded cockroaches prefer warmer, drier, and higher locations than most cockroaches. While most cockroaches prefer to live in kitchens and pantries, Brownbanded cockroaches will live in any room in the house.

They do not need much moisture and avoid light whenever the can. Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs. They can contaminate food by shedding their skins. Their cast-off skin and waste byproducts are allergens that can trigger allergy and other diseases, especially in children.

German Cockroaches-

German cockroaches can be found all over the world. They are the most common cockroach in the United States. Each German cockroach can live about 100-200 days. These cockroaches are small, about half an inch in size with oval body shape. The colour of body is brown and it has six legs, wings and antenna.

Cockroaches are attracted to sweet and floury foods. They also eat non-organic items such as toothpaste and books! German cockroaches live in warm and damp places, like kitchens, bathrooms, and places where people eat and drink.

Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs. They can contaminate food by shedding their skins. Their cast-off skin and waste by products are allergens that can trigger allergy and other diseases, especially in children.

Oriental Cockroaches-

Oriental Cockroaches probably get their names from trade ships but they are actually from Africa. They are large and very dark compared to other cockroaches. They usually travel through sewer pipes and drains. They prefer dirty places and cooler temperatures than other cockroaches. An Oriental cockroach creates a strong smell and is considered one of the dirtiest of all the cockroaches.

These cockroaches are one inch in size with oval body shape. It is of dark brown colour and are almost black. It has six legs, and antenna. This cockroach does not have wings and cannot fly. Oriental cockroaches feed on all types of garbage and other organic material. Oriental cockroaches also live in sewers and wet, decaying areas, such as basements and crawlspaces, firewood and piles of leaves.

Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs. They can contaminate food by shedding their skins. Their cast-off skin and waste by products are allergens that can trigger allergy and other diseases, especially in children.

Cockroach Control & About Cockroach FAQ's

How Can I remove cockroach from a refrigerator?

Removing cockroaches from a fridge is not such a difficult task at all. There are specially created Glue Traps available in the market to trap cockroaches inside a refrigerator. The pest control service provider companies also make these glue traps available for you.

You can make such a trap yourself. You have to take a wide-necked bottle and put a teaspoon detergent in it. On the outside it must be rough and the easiest way to do that is to threw an old nylon-stocking over it. As a bait you can use a piece of orange covered with dry yeast. Put the trap in the proximity of the refrigerator. The cockroaches from your refrigerators will all be trapped in this trap.