COCKROACHES

American Cockroaches

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Description:


The American cockroach is the largest of the cockroaches that infest our houses, it measures between 35 and 53 mm long, it has a reddish-brown colour with the presence of paler lines around the perimeter of the pronotum (thorax). The male is recognizable by its wings which extend beyond its abdomen, while this is not the case for the female.

Food: 

The American cockroach consumes a wide variety of foods but has a weakness for fermenting foods, such as beer.

 

Habits:


The American cockroach prefers warm and humid places, it can be found in the house, but it is more common in commercial buildings, such as restaurants, bakeries, food plants and hospitals.

Reproduction:

The female transports the eggs to an ootheca (capsule in which the eggs are enclosed) which she sticks or leaves in a crack or cracks where there is a high level of humidity. On average, the female will produce 9 to 10 egg cells containing nearly 15 eggs.