Cockroaches are one of the oldest groups of insects, indicating how successful they have been in adapting to changes in their environments. One reason for this success may be related to diet. They are scavengers and will eat anything organic. They prefer food sources such as starches, sweets, grease and meat products, but other items may include cheese, beer, leather, glue, hair, starch in book bindings, flakes of dried skin or decaying organic matter (plant or animal).

Cockroaches are attracted to warm, moist environments. They spend the daylight hours in dark, secluded sites under refrigerators, stoves, false bottoms in kitchen cabinets, in the backs of cabinets and in crevices between baseboards and floors or cabinets and walls. They may also be found behind pictures or within electronic equipment. A number of these openings will ultimately lead to voids in the stud walls. The insects leave these sites at night to forage for food and water. The presence of cockroaches during the day may indicate a large population.

There are about 3,000 species of cockroaches in the world and about 50 occur in the United States. Of these 50 species, the two most common in Alabama inside are the German cockroach, and the Brownbanded cockroach which are considered “indoor” or domestic species. Five other species are “outdoor” or peridomestic species: American, Smokybrown, Brown, Australian, and Woods roaches.

Successful cockroach control depends on proper identification and good knowledge of the cockroach life-cycle and habits.

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