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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.