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Cockroaches have been on our planet earth for millions of years. They have shared the planet with even dinosaurs! Cockroaches are basically insects and consist of a total of around 4500 species.
Among these 4500 species, there are 30 species which are associated with human surroundings. There are four species of cockroaches which are considered pests.
These are Brown branded cockroach, American cockroach, oriental cockroach and German cockroach. American cockroaches eat almost anything from plants to other insects.
American cockroaches are oval in shape and adult cockroaches of these species have wings. The cockroaches of this species live in dark, slightly warm and wet places. Often found near pipes, sewers, and drains.
The German cockroach is the most common cockroach in the USA. German cockroaches have wings and six legs. They can be found all around the world. German cockroaches are dark brown in color. Oriental cockroaches are very large and dark as compared to other species. They prefer cooler temperatures as compared to other species.
The oriental cockroach is considered the dirtiest species of cockroaches. They like other cockroaches live in sewers and drains. Brown-banded cockroaches are so called because of two bands they have on their bodies.
They prefer eating food rich in starch but sometimes even feed on synthetic or nonorganic materials!
Cockroaches have been on our planet probably even before us! A cockroach is known to live for around 1 week without its head and can live for up to 2 weeks without water. They have shared this planet with dinosaurs so they are a pretty successful species considering the time they have been able to survive.