Cockroaches are one of the oldest pests still alive on the planet. They go back 300 million years. The United States has approximately 70 species of cockroaches document out of the 3,500 known species. Many of these species do have wings, but most do not fly, or if they do fly, it is for short distances. Cockroaches keep pest control experts exterminating them from homes and businesses.
The species that are active and capable of flying short distances include the American cockroach, male brown-banded cockroach, male Pennsylvania wood cockroach, Asian, brown, smoky brown and wood roaches, and Australian cockroaches.
German cockroaches who typically are the ones that reside in your home have wings, but they are unable to get airborne. American cockroaches, who are less common and a much bigger pest, can fly.
The American cockroach uses their wings to glide from higher elevations to lower surfaces, typically in search of moisture or cooler temperatures.
All insects, including cockroaches, are ectothermic or cold-blooded. As ectotherms, cockroaches’ body temperatures depend upon the surrounding environment, unlike mammals, their body temperatures are not internally regulated.
Cockroaches can fly, especially when the heat or cold conditions encourage it. Generally, cockroaches have an ideal temperature range between 75 and 85 degrees. When the temperature exceeds 85 degrees, that is when a cockroach will glide or fly to see cooler locations. They also use flying as a survival mechanism to flee imminent danger quickly.
Cockroaches cause many people high anxiety with the amount of bacteria and parasites they carry. The good news is that cockroaches do not produce any form of poison and cannot sting. In extremely rare circumstances, cockroaches have been known to bite people. This is not a common occurrence. You are much more likely to be stung by a wasp or bee, bitten by bed bugs, or bitten by a mosquito than you are a cockroach. Even spiders bite more people than roaches. Cockroaches do not feed on blood, and they don’t bite out of self-defense, If they are hungry enough, they can bite humans. Cockroach bites are most likely to occur while someone is sleeping.
Roaches avoid air currents, and they will flee if the wind is on their back. Their pronotal shield protects their heads, so they can see a bit in front of them but little or nothing above them or behind them the way flies do.
Cockroaches are one of the most common insect pests found all over the world. Finding roaches is not an indication that your house is dirty. A well-cleaned home can even have cockroaches because they can find food and water easily. This allows them to thrive in many environments.
If you suspect a roach problem, contact a local experienced pest control company for inspection immediately before they spread diseases?
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