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American Cockroaches

The American cockroach is the largest in size among the house-infesting cockroaches in Toronto, Ontario.

The Habitat and Diet of American Cockroach

American cockroaches are found in food processing areas and food storage areas, as well as other types of buildings. American cockroaches are also found in sewers and basements, particularly around pipes and drains.

They are active when the temperature is 70 degrees or higher, but they can survive lower temperatures with the right conditions.

A Cockroach’s Oothecae (aka Egg Case or egg Capsule) are also a tell tale sign of their presence. Each egg case contains 14 eggs. These egg capsules are then deposited on a surface in an area with good environmental and safety elements.

Cockroaches would use secretions from their mouth to secure the egg case to the surface. German Cockroach’s eggs would hatch in about 24 – 38 days depending upon the ambient temperature.

The Threats posed by American Cockroach

American roaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. They can pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then carry these into food or onto food surfaces.

Germs that cockroaches eat from decaying matter or sewage are protected while in their bodies and may remain infective for several weeks longer than if they had been exposed to cleaning agents, rinse water, or just sunlight and air. Recent medical studies have shown that cockroach allergens cause lots of allergic reactions in inner city children. American roaches were even shown to cause asthma in children. These allergens build up in deposits of droppings, secretions, cast skins, and dead bodies of roaches.

Social Behavior

Since American Cockroaches are instinctively nocturnal, a daytime inspection of low scale may not result in affirmative assessment for lack of cockroach activity.

American Cockroaches in general produce odorous secretions from various points in their bodies. Such secretions can affect the flavors of various foods. When American cockroach populations are high, these secretions may result in a characteristic odor in the general region of the infestation.

Disease-producing organisms such as bacteria, protozoa, and viruses have been found in their bodies.

Cockroach Extermination via Bait Technique.
This video depicts a residential kitchen in Toronto.

An American Cockroach.
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Brown Banded Cockroaches feasting on Bait, applied near the hinge of a refrigerator – Photographed in Mississauga – 2010.
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A Number of Brown Banded Cockroaches – to be noticed on the underside of a counter-top near the kitchen sink- Photographed in Mississauga – 2010.
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Interesting Information

Cockroaches have existed on our planet for over 300 million years as shown by the fossil evidence. Hence, they have earned the respect to be among the most capable of surviving groups of animals. Generally, Cockroaches are very good at adapting to the environment and have thus become an uninvited guest in many of our structures – from air planes to warehouses and homes to hospitals. There are more than 3500 species of Cockroaches on our planet but 4 among them are most troublesome pest in Ontario.