What do We Call a Group of Cockroaches?

We call a group of cockroaches an intrusion. This is mainly because cockroaches are typically found in groups. During their lifetime they interact constantly with each other. Some studies even suggest that roaches have personalities. When an intrusion is present in a home or in any kind of business, we call that an infestation of cockroaches.

Why a Group of Cockroaches Is Called an Intrusion?

A group of cockroaches is called an intrusion only when they are outside, together in groups. Once the intrusion makes its way inside a home or any business establishment, it becomes an infestation.

Pro tip: When you have a cockroach infestation, you can use hydrogen peroxide to kill them fast.

Why Is a Roach Called a Cockroach?

Cockroaches’ name comes from the term Cucaracha, which is a Spanish term. This name derives from the Latin Blatta, which means “an insect that shines with the light”. It is present in the insect order Blattodea, which includes termites.

In the US, people usually call them roaches. It is a widely known term. Roach or Cockroach, both make reference to a scavenging insect. The long antennae and legs of the roach, resemble the ones of a beetle, thus the same role designation.

What Do You Call a Female Cockroach?

The female cockroach has no distinction in name in relation to the male, but physically they do have some noticeable differences. Females have larger bodies and antennae.

Male roaches usually have two pairs of wings, whereas females in some species are totally wingless or just have vestigial wings.

The female also produces eggs in egg cases contrary to the males who are unable to do it. But if you want to call something to the female cockroach, you can always call it “a Rochette” (ehehe).

Did you know: Why sometimes cockroaches stand still for so long? 🤯🤯🤯

Fun Facts About Cockroaches

  • Roaches are ancient bugs, there have been found cockroaches fossils of more than 200 million years.
  • Cockroaches are social beings, they live and interact with each other a lot.
  • A cockroach’s body has 3 parts, head thorax, and abdomen. It has got 3 pairs of legs, making it capable of doing up to 3 mph.
  • Despite cockroaches having wings, they are not great flyers. They use their wings more like gliders to go from one place to another.
  • Cockroaches spend 75% of their time resting and sleeping, that for sure is a lot of sleep.
  • These insects are omnivorous, eating everything that appears. They are the goats of the world.
  • Since they are very resistant, they carry many diseases and bacteria but also help the planet by carrying pollen, thus increasing plant reproduction.
  • A roach can add nitrogen to the soils, helping plants to thrive.
  • Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal, they come out at night to hunt and search for food.
  • Some roaches like the northern outdoor cockroaches will hibernate during the winter, and will only come out in later spring when warmer weather arrives.
  • Most species of roaches will be silent, you’ll only hear their wings flapping or some minimal noise. But the Madagascar hissing cockroach will make hissing sounds. This means that is attracting a mate or it is just scared.
  • Roaches are petrified of citrus smells, like lemon juice. They’ll run away from it.
  • The average life span of a cockroach is about one year, in the meantime, they will reproduce very quickly.
  • A cockroach can live without eating for almost a week, then it will die from thirst.
  • They usually die on their back, because their legs become very weak, so they topple over to counter the weight but end up dying in that position.
  • These insects are at the bottom of the food chain, they can be eaten by: mice, shrews, spiders, lizards, beetles, frogs, toads, and humans (yes humans.. in certain cultures).
  • There are more than 5000 cockroach species in the world.
  • Cockroaches love dog food, especially the wet kind, due to the high moisture in it.
  • They are excellent climbers, thanks to their brush-like pile on their legs, they can climb almost anything.
  • They will survive the radiation of an atomic bomb.
  • You can get an allergy from a cockroach, they can produce allergens.
  • Cockroaches love temperatures around 75º and 85º F, they are indeed tropical.
  • Brown, black and mixed colors are the top colors for cockroach species, there are some albino ones, making them fully white.
  • Cockroaches will warn others about food and good survival conditions by leaving chemical trails in their feces.
  • The bacteria that live in the roach’s body (inherited genetically) provide them with vitamins and amino acids.
  • Cockroaches in Peru can grow up to 7inch wingspans, and in Australia, they can weigh even more than an ounce.
  • Although they are not aquatic creatures, roaches can hold their breath for up to 40 min.
  • They are total cannibals, if no source of protein is around, they’ll eat their own species.
  • Cockroaches like to drink a cold beer now and then, and studies have shown that roaches are attracted to alcoholic beverages.


Cockroaches sure are interesting creating, but nevertheless, they are a danger to human health due to the bacteria they carry in their bodies. Like many other pests, roaches do have some interesting facts in their lives. But now, here between us, let’s keep them outside, very far away from our beloved homes and family.