Cockroaches are members of the order Blattodea, and are one of the most resilient insects. In fact, they have been around for nearly 300 million years. This signifies that they can adapt to any environment and can survive in conditions with limited access to food and water.
Adult cockroaches can range from 3 mm to nearly 90 mm in length. Their flat and oval body allows them to hide in tight-fitting cracks and crevices. Cockroaches will eat just about anything, including tissue, soap, paper and even glue. Since they typically live in dark and humid places, they are often found in sewers, basements, pipes and drains. They create cross-contamination by crawling into bacteria-filled environments and then traveling through your property.
Cockroaches are known for their rapid reproductive rate. After mating, the female cockroach encases her eggs in a protective pouch called ootheca. She may carry this capsule with her until the eggs hatch, or release it in a small crevice that she deems safe. Since most species found in North America can produce between 30 and 40 eggs per reproductive cycle (as in the German cockroach), a tiny ootheca safely placed in your property can lead to a serious pest problem.
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