Do Cockroaches Make Noises?

October 16, 2018

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Common Cockroach Sounds

Common cockroaches, such as the American and German species, are not known for making noise. While these pests are sometimes reported to make a clicking sound, this is likely a case of the observer misidentifying click beetles as cockroaches. However, if populations of cockroaches are large enough, the noise of their fluttering wings is audible. The noise typically associated with cockroaches is the crunch sound they make when smashed.

Hissing Cockroaches

The Madagascar hissing cockroach, one of the largest species of the pest, is an exception to the rule. They get their name from the hissing noise made through small openings in their sides, called spiracles. Hissing cockroaches make these sounds when threatened, fighting, or attracting mates. Some Australian cockroaches also produce sounds, creating acoustic vibrations to attract mates by rubbing their legs or wings together. Otherwise, there is no evidence of vocalization between cockroaches. Instead, much like other insects, they communicate with each other by means of pheromones.

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Reviewed by Alice Sinia, Ph.D., MSc on October 12 2018.

Master of Science Degree in Pest Management (MSc.) – Simon Fraser University; BSc. (Hons) Biological Sciences (Entomology & Parasitology) – Makerere University; Advanced Level Certificate of Education – Trinity College; Ph.D. – University of Guelph)

With more than 20 years of experience, Alice is responsible for the management of the Orkin Canada Quality Assurance Laboratory located at our GTA Training Centre. She performs analytical entomology (investigates product adulteration using biochemical and comparative tissue methods), and provides technical support in pest/insect identification to branch offices and clients nationwide. In addition, Alice also prepares scientific reports for Orkin Canada clients, updates Orkin management on any changes or updates to any government regulations pertaining to the pest control industry. Alice also performs quality assurance account compliance audits.

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