Cockroaches, an introduction

The main Cockroach Species Cockroaches are insects of the order Blattaria or Blattodea. The best known cockroach species are the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana, the German cockroach, Blattella germanica, the Asian cockroach, Blattella asahinai and the Oriental cockroach, Blatta orientalis. Origin of the name - Cockroach The name "cockroach" comes from the Spanish word for cockroach, cucaracha, transformed by English folk etymology into "cock" and "roach". The scientific name for cockroaches derives from the latinized Greek name for the insect blátta; Ionic and Attic Greek: blátte. Origin and habitat of Cockroaches Recent genetic evidence strongly suggests that termites (note, ants are NOT termites) evolved directly from true cockroaches. Cockroaches live in a wide range of environments around the world. Cockroach species adapt readily to a variety of environments, but prefer warm conditions found within buildings. Many tropical cockroach species prefer even warmer environments and do not fare well in the average household.

What kills Cockroaches?

Cockroaches have the ability to very quickly become resistant 1 2 3 to most artificial poisons in the organophosphate  stable. Cockroaches are also VERY resilient and hardy! Cockroaches have not been able to become immune against for instance boric acid or diatomaceous earth as these physically destroy them. EcoZaptm contains both boric acid and diatomaceous earth! It is the ONLY registered remedy containing those natural and environmentally friendly substances!

Bacteria, Pathogenes, Asthma and Cockroaches

Bacteria and pathogenes are known to be spread by cockroaches and about 60% of all childhood asthma 1 2 3 is caused by cockroach droppings and carcasses. Cockroaches leave chemical trails in their faeces, as well as emitting airborne pheromones for swarming and mating. These chemical trails of cockroaches transmit bacteria onto surfaces (so much for the ruse that Roaches are hygienic! ). Other cockroaches will follow these trails to discover sources of food and water and to ascertain the whereabouts of fellow cockroaches. Cockroaches thus can exhibit emergent behaviour. Cockroaches - other traits and some nasty habits... Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal and will run away when exposed to light. A peculiar exception is the Asian cockroach.  A few Cockroach species are known to be parthenogenetic, which means that females don’t need males for reproducing. Cockroaches are most common in tropical and subtropical climates. Some species are in close association with human dwellings and cockroaches are widely found around garbage or in the kitchen. Cockroaches are generally omnivorous and roaches are known to feed on anything including toothpaste, paper and even the carcasses of other cockroaches - cannibalistic behaviour amongst cockroaches has also been observed. Cases where cockroaches have nibbled at extremeties of babies and dried food around their mouths as well as the nails and earlobes of sailors are on record. Instances of Cockroaches penetrating ears, mouths and nasal passages of humans inflicting extreme pain and causing inflammation are not uncommon (Encyclopedia of Entomology, Volume 2  edited by John L. Capinera, p. 951)
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Cockroaches, an

introduction

The main Cockroach Species Cockroaches are insects of the order Blattaria or Blattodea. The best known cockroach species are the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana, the German cockroach, Blattella germanica, the Asian cockroach, Blattella asahinai and the Oriental cockroach, Blatta orientalis. Origin of the name - Cockroach The name "cockroach" comes from the Spanish word for cockroach, cucaracha, transformed by English folk etymology into "cock" and "roach". The scientific name for cockroaches derives from the latinized Greek name for the insect blátta; Ionic and Attic Greek: blátte. Origin and habitat of Cockroaches Recent genetic evidence strongly suggests that termites (note, ants are NOT termites) evolved directly from true cockroaches. Cockroaches live in a wide range of environments around the world. Cockroach species adapt readily to a variety of environments, but prefer warm conditions found within buildings. Many tropical cockroach species prefer even warmer environments and do not fare well in the average household.

What kills Cockroaches?

Cockroaches have the ability to very quickly become resistant 1 2 3 to most artificial poisons in the organophosphate stable. Cockroaches are also VERY resilient and hardy! Cockroaches have not been able to become immune against for instance boric acid or diatomaceous earth as these physically destroy them. EcoZaptm contains both boric acid and diatomaceous earth! It is the ONLY registered  remedy containing those natural and environmentally friendly substances!

Bacteria, Pathogenes, Asthma and

Cockroaches

Bacteria and pathogenes are known to be spread by cockroaches and about 60% of all childhood asthma 1 2  3 is caused by cockroach droppings and carcasses. Cockroaches leave chemical trails in their faeces, as well as emitting airborne pheromones for swarming and mating. These chemical trails of cockroaches transmit bacteria onto surfaces (so much for the ruse that Roaches are hygienic! ). Other cockroaches will follow these trails to discover sources of food and water and to ascertain the whereabouts of fellow cockroaches. Cockroaches thus can exhibit emergent behaviour. Cockroaches - other traits and some nasty habits... Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal and will run away when exposed to light. A peculiar exception is the Asian cockroach.  A few Cockroach species are known to be parthenogenetic, which means that females don’t need males for reproducing. Cockroaches are most common in tropical and subtropical climates. Some species are in close association with human dwellings and cockroaches are widely found around garbage or in the kitchen. Cockroaches are generally omnivorous and roaches are known to feed on anything including toothpaste, paper and even the carcasses of other cockroaches - cannibalistic behaviour amongst cockroaches has also been observed. Cases where cockroaches have nibbled at extremeties of babies and dried food around their mouths as well as the nails and earlobes of sailors are on record. Instances of Cockroaches penetrating ears, mouths and nasal passages of humans inflicting extreme pain and causing inflammation are not uncommon (Encyclopedia of Entomology, Volume 2  edited by John L. Capinera, p. 951)
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