Types of Cockroaches
This species is sometimes called a “waterbug” and is the largest of the house-infesting cockroaches – nearly 1 1/2-inches long. Mostly reddish-brown with a light yellow band marking on its thorax. (head)
Somewhat aggressive. Reported to nibble on fingernails and eyelashes of sleeping sailors on infested ships. Capable of considerable flight although mostly a short glide after being disturbed. Prefers warm, damp areas including storm sewers and drains. Visits homes, restaurants, and commercial facilities.
Scavenger; eats what we eat plus glue, soap, paper, garbage – practically anything.
A female may produce many egg capsules after only one mating and may produce capsules approximately every 4 days. The maximum number of capsules recorded by one female was 90.
Each American egg capsule contains 13-16 eggs. Capsules are often glued to surfaces in hidden areas. These roaches reach sexual maturity in about 7 months.
This roach has a special affinity for yeasty alcoholic beverages – no particular brand. 😉
Adult German roaches are slender and 1/2 to 5/8 inch long. They’re light brown to tan with a distinctive head shield bearing two dark parallel bars.
This roach is the most common cockroach in the U. S. and the most prolific. Active mostly at night, it commonly infests kitchens and bathrooms but can spread quickly throughout the entire premises. The most common species found in apartment and commercial facilities. German roaches don’t migrate from outside but sneak a ride into homes and business inside something brought in. Or in the case of apartments and condos, they may enter from neighboring units via common plumbing or utilities.
Scavenger; eats what we eat plus tooth paste, soap, glue, pet food – nearly anything.
Each German egg capsule can hatch out to 30-40 baby roaches – in just one month. Hatchlings can become sexually mature adults in only 5 weeks. Adult lifespan can be up to one year.
Allergies have been associated with the presence of German cockroaches. Cockroaches can carry diseases including Salmonella. This species of cockroach is capable of producing the most severe cockroach infestation in just a few weeks.
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