They Have Their Romantic Ways Too: American Cockroaches Engage in Courtship Rituals

Problem with cockroach is one of the most common among many households. To find the best ways to solve glitches with these pests, it is important to understand how cockroaches reproduce.

As with most animals, cockroach reproduction is a combination of eggs from a female and sperm from a male. In most cases, females emit pheromones to attract a male, and in some species, males fight over accessible females.

That explains the basic. Now, it is about time to look at cockroaches in a more romantic way. American cockroaches engage in courtship rituals before mating. The females make themselves attractive to males by raising their wings, exposing their integral membranes, expanding their genital chambers and releasing a pheromone that attracts males. This is called the calling position.

GERMANLet’s proceed on a more exciting part. Attracted males will then approach females and flap their wings in order to show their interest. Mating takes place when a male cockroach backs into a female cockroach to deposit sperm. The alarming thing that this romance can bring is that a female can produce thousands of cockroaches in one year.

After fertilization, a female American cockroach produces an egg case known as an ootheca. The female carries the ootheca on her abdomen for a day or two. She keeps it in a humid place. Nymphs develop within 38 days and complete their progress within six to 12+ months. And now you are wondering what do small cockroaches look like.

Cockroaches have oval-shaped bodies. When you touch their bodies, they’re really oily. They may be cool or warm- this thing depends on the temperature of their environment. The head of a cockroach is small and is covered by a shield-like pronotum. Male cockroaches are usually smaller than females. German cockroaches are brown and about 13 to 16 mm long while oriental cockroaches can grow to be much longer and are black in color.

German cockroaches are usually spotted at moist, warm areas. You can usually find them in your kitchen or bathroom, loitering next to the dishwasher or sink. They are also disreputably present in garbage. The best way to keep cockroaches out of your home is to keep it clean. Food has to be stored well, especially during holidays. You may also call a company for residential pest control that can provide monthly, quarterly or yearly services. Some reputable companies offer a free pest inspection.

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