Louisiana has many flying bugs, but few are as feared as the Flying Cockroach. Normally, we only see roaches scurrying across the floor when the lights are turned on at night. However, if you have ever gone into combat with one, you may have seen them fly. When this beast hits the sky, many a tourist and new resident has hit the deck in utter fear.
A little Roach History
The modern cockroach first appeared about 200 million years ago, but its ancestors appeared over 350 million years ago during the Carboniferous Period. The American Cockroach is not a native American, but it certainly has adapted well here. It actually was a stowaway during hundreds of years of oceanic trade, originating in Africa. Since those years of trade, the cockroach has hit just about every continent and learned to adapt and survive. There are over 4,000 known cockroach species on the planet, and here is the good news.. not all of those inhabit human dwellings. Most roaches prefer niche habitats like forests, caves, burrows, or brushes.
Roaches Can Eat Just About Anything
A Roach will never be accused of being a picky eater. They definitely have a sweet tooth, but if sweets are not on the menu, glue, grease, soap, wallpaper paste, leather, bookbindings, or even hair will do just fine for a meal. However, a roach does not have to eat every day. Some species can hold out for 6 weeks without eating. These traits make cockroaches in our homes tough to control. But in nature, cockroaches provide an important service by consuming organic waste. They’re the garbage collectors of their habitat.