Fact: The German Cockroach is the most common house infesting cockroach and the number one pest in the United States.
Fact: The Cockroach can live without its head for an entire week.
Fact: The word cockroach comes from the spanish word "cucaracha" which means "crazy bug".
Fact: There are about 4,000 different species of cockroaches in the world. About 50-60 species live in the United States.
Fact: Cockroaches will eat almost anything: left-over human food, paper, wood, leather, cigarette butts, tooth paste, coffee grinds, glue, soap, feces, fabric, shoes, paint, the glue on the back of wallpaper, human hair, fingernails, etc.
Fact: German Cockroaches are very small. They can Squeeze through a crack that is about 1/16 of an inch wide.
Cockroach feeding Habits
The cockroaches normally encountered by humans in his dwellings and food establishments are the German Cockroach, the American Cockroach, and the Oriental Cockroach. Each of these cockroaches undergoes a life cycle involving an egg capsule, a series of nymphs, and a adult.
With the exception of the female Oriental Cockroach, the adults of these three cockroaches have a well-developed wings. However they almost never fly; movement by both adults and the wingless nymphs is by walking or rapid running. These three cockroaches can be distinguished by color and size. Adult German Cockroaches are tan to medium brown in color and fairly small in size(10-15mm). Adult American Roaches are reddish brown in color and large size (35-40mm). Adult Oriental Cockroaches are also fairly large in size (26-30mm) and are shiny, dark brown or black in color.
Cockroaches require food, water, and places to hide and are, therefore, found in situations where these requirements can be met. They are nocturnal, remaining hidden during the day and becoming active at night to obtain food and water, and to reproduce.
The German Cockroach commonly occurs in the kitchens; the American Cockroach appears more often in food establishments; and the Oriental Cockroach is usually associated with dampness around sinks or in basements. Cockroaches are not normally encountered by man unless their populations become very large.
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