There are many creatures in the world ranging from microscopic to larger than a house. These creatures come in all manner of shapes and sizes. Some have fur, some have scales, and others still have feathers. Each creature has unique features. This includes everything from diet to mating rituals. Among the many creatures inhabiting the earth are cockroaches.
Most people know these small beings as creepy, crawly, insects that can invade your home. Because of this, the majority of people rarely stop to consider any other aspect of a roach. For that matter, many people do not want to know anything about them. However, there are plenty of reasons to learn more about the cockroach. For example, if you understand more about them, it is easier to prevent or eliminate them from being in your home. While there are many aspects of the roach to consider, here you will be learning all about the life cycle of a cockroach.
How Do Cockroaches Reproduce?
To successfully answer this question, it is vital to first understand how many different types of cockroaches there are. To give you an idea, various cockroach species can be found all over the planet, save one place, Antarctica. These small insects are highly adaptable and can exist in almost any climate. With that being said, the actual mating process is much like that of any species.
The males of the different variations have their own “tricks” to try and persuade a female to mate with them. When considering cockroach reproduction, it is important to remember that the lifespan of a cockroach is dependant upon the exact species. A roach lifespan can be anywhere between a few months to a few years.
Process Of Cockroach Mating
The process of mating, or at least the mechanics of it, are the same across species. What differes is, how they choose a mate, how often they mate, and other similar details. For example, one species of roach, the male exudes a sugar substance on his abdomen to lure the female into a mating position. If the female finds the substance enticing enough, she complies to the mating. If she does not find it enticing, she stays away from the male and he must try elsewhere. Males will mate often if given the chance; however, some females only mate once.
How To Identify Pregnant Cockroaches
Keep in mind that roaches do not have live births, they lay eggs. The female delivers an egg sac. The egg sac is called the ootheca. It is not always possible to identify a pregnant cockroach unless you are an entomologist. However, there are some indicators that you can look for. If the roach has a distended abdomen, for example, it is likely a female that is almost ready to drop her egg sac. If you can see the ootheca, you know you are dealing with a female carrying her young. You may be able to see the sac extending from the rear of the cockroach, in which case, she is in the process of dropping it. Another place you may see the ootheca is attached to her abdomen.
After dropping the sac, many species of roaches will carry it around on her belly for awhile. After she is done carrying it, she will deposit it in a safe place and wait for the young to hatch.
Cockroach Giving Birth
It is possible, but not likely to see a female giving birth. Remember that it is not like an animal that has a live birth. The female cockroach is simply dropping an egg sac. Even if you were looking right at the roach, you may not notice the sac. Right after delivering the sac, the female will either immediately attach it to her or take it somewhere she thinks it will be safe. It is even less likely that you will see the sac open and the babies hatch.
Like any living thing, cockroaches die. Sometimes it is because they have reached the end of their lifecycle and sometimes it is because something intervened. Roaches are very low on the food chain and as such, they do have natural predators. It is possible, at any time, for a roach, or even a nest of roaches to be attacked by a predator. Also, when they are in your home, a pest control professional becomes the primary predator.
There are a few things you should keep in mind, though. For example, you cannot starve out cockroaches. A common question many people have is wondering “how long can roaches live without food?”. Most species can live about a month without food. They cannot, however, survive without water.