Facts About Cockroaches For Kids

The cockroach is an insect of the order Blattodea, which includes termites. There are about 4600 species of cockroaches, thirty of which are associated with human habitat. Some of them are pests, and you should be aware of your options if you want to get rid of cockroaches in your home. Read on to learn more about cockroaches and how you can fight them.

Most cockroaches are not a threat to humans. There are about 30 species of cockroaches, including the American cockroach that in some countries are considered a delicacy. In Thailand, cockroaches are a cheap and nutritious source of protein. Although it is difficult to eradicate cockroaches, they can be controlled with a three-step approach. This includes sealing cracks , using pesticides and removing water sources.

Facts About Cockroaches For Kids

The cockroach's name comes from the Spanish word cucaracha, which means "woodlouse." The name is also a doubling of the Latin term cucus, which means "couch." This is a common misconception, as people generally associate cockroaches with dirt. Cockroaches are instead one of the cleanest insects out there.


Cockroaches are found in most homes and are not harmful. They are omnivores and feed on a variety of food sources, such as paper, food remains, meat and plants. Only in very rare cases will a cockroach bite a human. However, the bite only serves to eat the food particles that adhere to the human's skin. In extreme infestations, cockroaches can cause an allergic reaction.

They can survive for up to two weeks without food or water. Some species of cockroaches mate only once, and the females remain pregnant for life. They can run up to three miles per hour, making them extremely adaptable. These tiny pests need a source of food if they are to survive in your home.

Most species of cockroaches have wings, but most cockroaches are not good flyers. They use their feet to move around and escape. When they do manage to fly, they act like gliders. They open their wings and glide from one surface to another. They can move easily between spaces. If you see a cockroach in your home, get rid of it immediately. It may be the signal of a bigger outbreak.

They usually rely on their feet to get around and escape. Those that can fly are gliders. They use their wings to glide from a higher to a lower surface. This is an important feature in controlling cockroaches in your home, so make sure it's safe for everyone. Place bug traps and insecticides on their tracts.


While cockroaches are not known for making a lot of noise, they are often mistaken for bugs. The younger stages called nymphs are smaller than adult cockroaches and their wings are not fully developed. During their first part of life, they are not a nuisance and do not spread to other parts of your home. They can even spread into other rooms and are hard to see. But as they get bigger, they become visible at every dark corner or the house especially in the night hours.

The cockroach lives in warm, dark environments. They are omnivorous and feed on plants, animals and other insects. In their feeding habits, they are also carriers of bacteria and pollen. They are found in wooden slats and cracks in the floor. Their main food source is the ground, where they often lay close to.

Cockroaches can be difficult to eradicate. Fortunately, there are many resources to combat the problem. The Alamance County Department of Environmental Health recommends planting Amaryllifolius trees and flowers in your home to repel them. You can also use a number of other plants to control roaches, such as Supella longipalpa F. If in doubt, consult a professional. If you are not sure what to do, contact your local environmental health department.

Learn how to label a cockroach and parts of its life cycle by playing the games provided herein. Also check out other activities related to insects in the various grades. Have fun learning.