Cockroaches

  • One of the oldest insects – fossil remains date back 200 million years.
  • Crawl around on six legs, have wings and two antennae.
  • Like dark, damp places with a plentiful food supply; hide during the day in warm, dark places, such as under sinks, behind dishwashers, stoves and refrigerators, and inside cupboards.
  • Feed on a variety of foods, especially starchy and sugary materials, including book bindings, photographic film, linens, leather goods and numerous food items; usually forage at night.
  • Can survive a month or more without food, but less than two weeks without water.
  • Have an acrid odor that may permeate items with which they come in contact.
  • Can transmit bacteria and organisms responsible for diseases in humans including food poisoning, cholera, dysentery, salmonellosis and strep.
  • A study by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a report in the New England Journal of Medicine indicate that exposure to cockroach allergens is a major health concern for asthmatic children.
  • Under optimum conditions, cockroaches can produce two million offspring in one year, with an average breeding season resulting in 350,000 offspring.
  • Found around the world. Two species are prevalent in the United States, the American cockroach and the German cockroach.
  • The American cockroach has reddish-brown wings and light markings on its thorax and reaches lengths of up to 1.5 inches.
  • The German cockroach is between one-half and five-eighths inches long and is light brown with two dark stripes down its back.

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