What are Cockroaches?

A beetle-like insect with long antennae and legs, feeding by scavenging. Several tropical species have become established worldwide as pests in homes and food service establishments.

Quick Facts

  • About 30 Cockroach species out of 4,600 are associated with human habits. About four species are known as pests.
  • The Cockroaches are an ancient group, dating back at least as far as the Carboniferous period, some 320 million years ago.
  • Most species of Cockroach are about the size of a thumbnail, but several species are bigger.
  • Many live in leaf litter, among the stems of matted vegetation, in rotting wood, in holes of stumps, and more.

American Cockroaches

  • American Cockroaches can be up to slightly longer than 50mm (3 inches).
  • American egg capsules protect eggs, and can hold as much as 16 eggs per capsule.
  • Both genders are winged.
  • Normally inhabit the outdoors, and prefer damp areas.

German Cockroach

  • Typically inhabit the indoors.
  • They have the ability to fly, but prefer to run on most occasions.
  • Can lay up to 30-40 eggs per capsule.

Smokybrown Cockroach

  • Most common in the southeast, going as far west as Texas and as far north as North Carolina.
  • Prone to dehydration, so they must inhabit moist areas.
  • The time between egg to adult in its lifecycle can vary from 160-716 days.
  • Average life span for a female Smokybrown is 218 days, while a male's is 215 days.
  • They are attracted to alcoholic beverages, beer in particular.