Learn More About The Cockroaches
The cockroach is a type of insect that have been around for over 280 millions of years. While only one percent of the 4,000 species are pests to humans, the majority are harmless. These pests that are associate with humans, source for food in unhygienic locations. They can carry germs and excrete dangerous viruses and protozoans.
Most adult cockroach are oval-shaped, leathery bodies with long, thin antennae and strong, spiny legs that are perfect for running. Their tough forewings protect their membranous hind wings, and when at rest, their wings lie flat across their bodies, overlapping. They have large compound eyes and a flattened plate attached to the thorax that partially covers their head.
Most of their adult female produce a sex pheromone to attract a mate. The males often release “aphrodisiac” secretions to prepare females for mating. They multiply in population quickly in unsanitary conditions making them a common problem in Singapore.
These pests do not have a specific habitat and can survive as long as there is a steady food source. While there are various methods to prevent roach infestations. Getting a Professional Pest Control Services is your best option for eliminating and prevent cockroach infestation in Singapore.
Lifecycle, Diet & All
A few types of cockroaches in Singapore, commonly found in both residential and commercial properties. One such type is the american cockroach periplaneta americana, known for its excellent flying abilities when they develop wings. They adapt well in humid environments and even invade properties that are not near any water source.
Frequently found in the food and beverage industry are the german cockroach blattella germanica. They prefer staying indoors, hence the reason you find cockroach in your home often. They enter properties through open doors and windows. These small cockroaches prefer to be in the dark unclean area, and can cause food poisoning and allergic reaction.
The Cockroach Life cycle
The life cycle of a cockroach consists of three stages: egg, nymph, and adult. Females produce an ootheca, also known as a cockroach egg case. Commonly found dropped or glued onto surfaces close to a food source in a sheltered area. However, they carry the ootheca until the eggs hatches and the baby roaches emerge.
On average, there are 6 to 40 eggs per ootheca, depending on the species. During the nymph stage, the roach will molt several times. Nymphs and adults generally have a similar appearance, except for size and the addition of wings in most adults.
Finally, when the roach will reach the adult stage, which takes around 100 days from nymph to adult. At this point, they become sexually active and ready to reproduce! The average lifespan of a cockroach is one to two years, although certain species can live up to a decade.
The Cockroach Anatomy
Their body consists of three segments: head, thorax, and abdomen. With a long pair of antennae, they are able to detect smells and vibrations. The antennae are connect to the head, which has the brain, mouthparts for eating, and compound eyes. The oriental are shiny black to reddish-brown colour and a type of house cockroach species that cannot fly.
Wood cockroaches, insects native to Unites States North America, typically inhabit wooden areas. The smoky-brown cockroach are an outdoor species, commonly found in warmer climates. Cuban cockroaches are light green in colour and tend to hide in trees, plants, and shrubs. However, we do not consider the pale-bordered field a type of roach pest because they reside only outdoors and do not harm plants.
The Cockroach Dietary
They are usually omnivores, which means they will literally eat anything. However, the oriental cockroaches prefer to consume food that contain starch, sweets, grease and meats. Since they are not picky, they will even eat hair, books as well as decaying matter of plants or animals even dead insects.
Although they eat anything, they are also tough and can survive many days without sustenance. A month without food, and two weeks without water, that is how long adult roaches can live. Cockroach feces contains a chemical trails often use by others to find food, water and each other.
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Signs of Cockroach Infestation
If left unchecked, rapid reproduction can result in severe infestations, leading to potential disease risks. When faced with a growing infestation, it is crucial to contact a pest control company to rid of the cockroach problem. Their expertise in locating breeding areas and implementing thorough extermination ensures a complete eradication.
Watch out for these signs:
Discovering these critters lurking in dirty dishes, kitchen crevices, or any corner of the property, particularly during daylight hours.
Cockroach droppings are small like black pepper and often found in groups. When you find roach dropping do not mistaken them for mouse droppings or ground coffee as they can be quite similar.
Egg cases serve as homes for numerous eggs, signalling the beginning of breeding.
You definitely will not miss their presence in your area, as it brings a strong and unmistakable musty odour.
If you notice random inch-long brownish smear markings on surfaces like floors or walls, it may indicate an infestation. The roach feces and urine are what makes of these marks.
In Singapore, the cockroaches species have a reputation for consuming anything, leaving chew marks on packaging and household items.
When they go through their life cycle, they shed skin on an average of 5 to 8 times from a light brown to dark brown in colour.
These are the types of Cockroaches commonly found in Singapore
Types of Cockroaches
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