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This NebGuide provides information on common cockroaches found in Nebraska, and management strategies, including prevention, sanitation, trapping and use of insecticides.

At the height of its popularity many years ago, millions of Americans could hum or sing the song, "La Cucaracha".... The Cockroach. But singing is usually the farthest thing from one's mind when these hardy pests become invaders.

Cockroaches are the most important insect pests in Nebraska households and public places. These insects are oval, flat-bodied, dark colored, with chewing mouth parts, three pairs of legs and usually two pairs of wings. All roaches have three stages in their life cycle -- egg, nymph (young) and adult.