Cockroaches are great health hazards due to their ability to contaminate food and utensils, transmitting many diseases related to the human digestive systems like dysentery and gastroenteritis. Call our cockroach exterminators today.
They also carry antigens that can prove hazardous to asthma patients. While most of the species of cockroach display similar characteristics, let us explore more information about the American Cockroach, one of the largest species from this family of pests.
The American Cockroach
Being recorded its total length around one and half-inch, this is known as the largest cockroach in the United States. Although this species (adult) has fully developed flying abilities, they hardly fly. They display these flying abilities in particularly warm weather to escape from the heat.
American Cockroach Reproduction
Thousands of young ones can be produced by a single couple of most species of cockroaches, throughout the year. Being recorded, a female is capable of producing up to 50 sacks, each measuring 8mm X 5mm counting 10-16 eggs per sack. The sacks are most often attached to objects that are transported… for example, wooden crates or cardboard boxes. In 6-12 months the larvae mature. The cockroach achieves maturity after 10 months to a year and lives only for an additional year.
American Cockroach Habitat
They are generally found in damp, warm, and dark places, away from human activities like roof areas, subfloors, rubbish dumps, and unoccupied dwellings. They mostly prefer rotting organic waste as a primary food source; although they have great abilities to survive without food for months.
Their habitat comprises areas containing moisture and food, usually near human activities like near water heaters or under sinks and cupboards, pantries, and kitchen. They have another amazing ability -to keep themselves in the narrowest gaps like cracks and cervices as they can pull their fore and hind legs extremely close to the body. If you happen to see a cockroach during the daylight then maybe you are seeing only the tip of an iceberg because cockroaches are nocturnal insects.
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