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American Cockroaches

Latin Name: Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus)

Cockroaches are insects of the order Blattodea that are easily recognizable. Most people are disgusted by cockroaches, with good reason. These insects are incredibly formidable, able to survive even decapitation temporarily. With a high-speed reproduction rate, it can be difficult to rid a home of these pests, but removing the factors that attract them is a step in the right direction.

Cockroaches can eat virtually anything- from decaying organic matter to paper and soap. All thirty species of cockroaches that humans encounter are attracted by cluttered environments where food is prevalent. However, this is not to say that the presence of cockroaches indicates an untidy environment. Such an environment only makes the control of the insect more difficult.

The four main species of cockroaches encountered by humans are the American, German, Oriental, and Asian. All reproduce exceptionally fast, with German cockroaches able to produce up to 300 eggs in their short life span. Due to their nocturnal nature, cockroaches can be difficult to spot. However, the dirty nature of the materials they exist makes them potential vectors for disease. Homes with cockroach infestations report increased rates of asthma in children, as well as a variety of other health problems. For this reason, it is important that any sign of a cockroach infestation be reported to trained inspectors immediately.

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