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American cockroach adults grow to an average length of around 4
centimetres (1.6 in) and about 7 millimetres (0.28 in) tall. They are
reddish brown and have a yellowish margin on the body region behind the head.
Immature cockroaches resemble adults except that they are wingless.
The insect can travel quickly, often darting out of sight when
someone enters a room, and can fit into small cracks and under doors despite
its fairly large size. It is considered one of the fastest running insects. In
an experiment carried out at theUniversity of California, Berkeleyin 1991, aPeriplaneta americanaregistered a record speed of 5.4
kilometres per hour (3.4 mph), about 50 body lengths per second, which
would be comparable to a human running at 330 kilometres per hour
It has a pair of largecompound eyeseach having over 2000 individual
lenses, and is a very active night insect that shuns light. American
cockroaches generally live in moist areas, but can survive in dry areas if they
have access to water. They prefer warm temperatures around 29 °C(84 °F)
and do not tolerate cold temperatures. In residential areas, these cockroaches
live in basements and sewers, and may move outdoors into yards during warm
weather. These cockroaches are common in basements, crawl spaces, cracks and
crevices of porches, foundations, and walkways adjacent to buildings.
American cockroach is a scavenger that feeds on decaying organic matter and a
variety of other foods. It is particularly fond offermentingfoods.
produce anegg casecalled anoothecawhich protrudes
from the tip of theabdomen.
After about two days, the egg cases are placed on a surface in a safe location.
Egg cases are about 0.9 centimeters (0.35 in) long, brown, and purse
shaped. Immature cockroaches emerge from egg cases in 6 to 8 weeks and require
6 to 12 months to mature. Adult cockroaches can live up to one year, during
which females produce an average of 150 young.
their large size and slow development, large infestations of these insects are
not common within houses. However, during certain times of the year, these
cockroaches may move inside a house from outside. In cold weather these
cockroaches may move indoors, seeking warmer temperatures and food. Cockroaches
may enter houses through sewer connections, under doors, around plumbing, air
ducts, or other openings in the foundation. Cockroach populations may be
controlled through the use ofinsecticides,
however it is usually best to contact a professional.
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