Discover the incredible journey of the cockroach, from its ancient origins to its modern-day status as a resilient urban pest.

Cockroaches first appeared around 300 million years ago during the Carboniferous period. These early insects, called Blattopterans, were among the first winged insects.

Cockroaches have survived multiple mass extinctions, including the one that wiped out the dinosaurs. Their generalist diet and resilience are key factors in their survival.

Human movement and trade helped cockroaches spread worldwide. Today, over 4,500 species have been identified, with about 30 associated with human habitats.

Species like the German cockroach and the American cockroach thrive in cities, feeding on waste and hiding in warm, humid places. They pose serious health risks by contaminating food and spreading diseases.

Various strategies have been developed to control cockroach populations, including chemical treatments, traps, and integrated pest management (IPM) approaches focusing on sanitation and habitat reduction.

Cockroaches demonstrate the power of adaptability and survival. From ancient times to modern urban environments, they have thrived due to their resilience and adaptability, posing ongoing challenges for pest control.

Did you know cockroaches can live without their heads for a week? Their open circulatory system allows them to breathe through body segments.

As urban areas expand, cockroach infestations are likely to increase. Ongoing research aims to develop more effective and sustainable pest control methods.