COCKROACH SPECIES

AAA Termites and Pest Control pest lexicon: Recognize cockroach species

Associated with identifying the cockroach or the cockroach, the first question is where precisely the cockroach was found. This depends very much on the species, as some cockroaches prefer warm and humid spots while others can withstand colder conditions.

Hideouts: Where to find cockroaches/cockroaches

  • Cockroaches in the bathroom? Right behind the cabinets in the bathroom (especially if they are full of soaps and other care products that have been stored for a while) or medicine cabinets. Check the connections behind sinks, bathtubs, toilets, and everywhere they can hide in protected, dark places with access to water, including condensation. Roaches will happily eat soap residue, toilet paper, and tissues. Even dead skin cells and hair are a hit for them.
  • Cockroaches in the kitchen? Look in cupboards and boxes, paying particular attention to the piping under the sinks and behind the dishwashers. Sometimes cockroaches can be found on the top inside of cabinets, out of sight. Gaps and holes in motorised appliances provide warm and hidden places, such as the back of the stove, refrigerator or freezer. Even smaller kitchen appliances like microwaves, coffeemakers, toasters, and blenders can harbour cockroaches.
  • Roaches in the household/laundry room? Check the cabinets under the sinks, which usually lead the pipes into the wall, floor, or washing machine and dryer. Also, look for the warm areas near the motors on the back of washers and dryers.
  • Cockroaches in the basement? At the transition between the floor and the wall, look for any crevices that a cockroach can squeeze through. Cracks or holes in wooden floors are perfect hiding places. Cockroaches hide and eat cardboard boxes and newspapers, so check all cardboard boxes and stacks of paper stored for a while.
  • Cockroaches in drains? Some species, such as the oriental cockroach, survive in dry, more excellent areas. Above all, check pipes for cracks and hiding places in which they might hide, as well as damaged drains through which they can crawl. In addition, pipelines and all openings in verandas and floor coverings should be checked. Oriental cockroaches also offer protection in undisturbed areas in garages and summer houses. They are also known to survive in landfills.

 

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American cockroaches

Periplaneta americana )

American cockroach

Look

  • American cockroaches are 28 to 44 mm tall.
  • They are bright red-brown.
  • The wings of the males are longer than the body. In females, they cover the abdomen.
  • American cockroaches can dash (even fly at very high temperatures).

Reproduction

  • American cockroaches produce about 15 egg packets (ootheca) with 6 to 28 eggs each. These are carried around by the female for a few days and then often stuck together in groups.
  • The cockroaches are ready to hatch after 1 to 2 months.
  • The development of the nymphs takes five months, sometimes up to 15 months.
  • At temperatures below 18 ° C, there is no longer any development.

Way of life

  • American cockroaches are mainly found in buildings, sewers, basements, pipe shafts and risers.
  • They are highly warmth-loving and also prefer high humidity. Typically you can find them, e.g. in zoological gardens or fun pools (warm/humid)
  • They are nocturnal.
  • American cockroaches are omnivores.

Australian cockroaches

Periplaneta australasiae )

Australian cockroach

Look

  • This red-brown cockroach species is similar in appearance to the American cockroach ( Periplaneta americana ).
  • It is about 25-35mm tall.
  • The Australian cockroach can be easily identified by a yellow stripe along the outer leading edge of each wing (yellow shoulder).

Reproduction

  • Australian cockroaches produce around 15 packets of eggs (oothecae). These are carried around by the female for a few days and then often stuck together in groups.
  • The cockroaches are ready to hatch after approx. 40 days.
  • The development of the nymphs can take up to a year.
  • The preferred temperature of Australian cockroaches is around 30 ° C – from temperatures below 20 ° C, there is no more development.

Way of life

  • The Australian cockroach is preferred in tropical warm, and humid regions.
  • In America, it is preferred in warm buildings such as fun pools, zoological gardens and greenhouses.
  • It feeds on plant matter and decaying materials. But starchy foods such as book covers or textiles can also be eaten away.
  • The Australian cockroach is a hygiene pest and has been shown to transmit disease.
  • In addition to its health-damaging effect, it damages technical systems as it is attracted by the heat of the devices and settles in them.

Brown ribbon cockroaches

Supella longipalpa )

Clemson University USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org

Look

  • Brown band cockroaches are 10 to 14 mm in size.
  • They are yellow-brown. Your pronotum is surrounded by a light, translucent border.
  • Both sexes have wings. The wings of the males are longer.
  • Brown band cockroaches can dash (and even fly at very high temperatures).

Reproduction

  • The females lay their egg packets (ootheca) with around 16 eggs one day after production.
  • All oothecae are glued in protected places and distributed widely.
  • The eggs are ready to hatch after 1 to 2 months.
  • The nymphs develop into adult cockroaches in 2 to 4 months.

Way of life

  • Brown-banded cockroaches live widely in heated buildings because, unlike other cockroach species, they prefer dry environments.
  • They are also known colloquially as a sofa or furniture scrapers.
  • They are nocturnal.
  • Brown-banded cockroaches are omnivores.

German cockroaches

Blatella germanica )

German cockroaches

Look

  • German cockroaches grow to be between 12 and 15 mm.
  • They are brown and have two dark stripes on the chest.
  • The wings of both males and females are as long as the body or a little longer.
  • German cockroaches run very fast and can climb (smooth) walls.

Reproduction

  • The female cockroaches carry 35 to 40 eggs in an ootheca (egg capsule) until they hatch.
  • It can be worn for about a month.
  • The nymphs take between 6 weeks and six months to mature.
  • The life expectancy of German cockroaches is 100 to 200 days.

Way of life

  • German cockroaches occur mainly in heated buildings, often in kitchens or on ships. They prefer high temperatures and humidity.
  • They are nocturnal.
  • German cockroaches are omnivores.
  • They are considered to be the spreaders of various infections. They also contaminate and contaminate food.

Oriental cockroaches

Blatta orientalis )

Oriental cockroaches

Look

  • Oriental cockroaches reach a size of 25 to 30 mm.
  • They are dark brown to black.
  • In females, the wings are rudimentary; they cover three-quarters of the abdomen in males.
  • Because oriental cockroaches are large and heavy, they are relatively difficult to climb and mostly walk on the ground.

Reproduction

  • The female cockroaches lay 16 eggs in an ootheca (egg capsule).
  • The larvae hatch after about two months.
  • After 7 to 11 months, the larvae are fully grown.
  • Oriental cockroaches have great reproductive potential.

Way of life

  • Oriental cockroaches live in buildings. Unlike other cockroach species, they can withstand colder temperatures. Therefore, they can also be found outside, for example, on garbage dumps.
  • They are nocturnal.
  • Oriental cockroaches are omnivores.