Flying Cockroaches- Everything you Should Know

This post will teach you all you need to know about flying cockroaches.

Cockroaches are insects with few special adaptations and may be among the most primitive living insects.

They are characterized by a relatively small head and a broad but flattened body, and most species are reddish-brown or dark brown in color.

They have two large compound eyes, two ocelli, and long, flexible antennae with mouthparts on the underside of the head.

The body of a cockroach is divided into three segmented thoraces and a ten-segmented abdomen.

This exoskeleton has been coated with wax to repel water. Its wings are attached to the second and third thoracic segments.

The first pair of wings, called the tegmina are tough and protective and lays as a shield on top of the wings used for flight known as the membranous hind wings.

These four wings are characterized by branching longitudinal veins, as well as multiple cross-veins.

Do Cockroaches Fly?

Yes, all species of cockroaches have wings as adults, but not all are can fly. Most cockroaches do not fly at all.

And those that are able to fly will usually only do so if the heat or cold conditions encourage it. There are about 55 types of cockroaches that live in the U.S. and many of them have wings that are used for flight.

Cockroaches such as Asian, brown, smoky brown, and wood roaches are very capable of flying unlike others, such as American cockroaches glide rather than fly with their wings.

Cockroaches that are capable fliers are often attracted to lights and are able to fly inside.

These pests are nocturnal, therefore infestations often go unnoticed at first.

And as a result, most people aren’t aware that cockroaches can fly until the insects become so numerous in their residence that they appear during the day.

Flying cockroaches generally do not bite or cause any kind of harm directly to you, but they can contaminate anything they touch or walk across, spreading bacteria such as E. Coli and salmonella.

People who ingest bacteria spread by cockroaches may suffer from conditions such as food poisoning or dysentery.

These flying cockroaches can also hide inside boxes or as well crawl through pipes and structural faults.

Most cockroaches that fly do not live indoors for long periods of time.

Heat and moisture are capable of attracting flying cockroaches or these pests gather near heaters, in heating ducts, and around leaky air conditioning units.

Also, they could assemble underneath sinks and around bathtubs at times. So even though some cockroaches can fly, they still use their highly effective legs for running most of the time.

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