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Accepting many different foods shortens not only
rapid population growth allows for increased variation
foraging time, but foraging distance as well. German
in each generation. In terms of pesticides, this means
cockroaches build large populations quickly. They
that some individuals can chemically break apart a
produce a large number of eggs per capsule and have
pesticide in their body rendering it ineffective. When
a shorter developmental period than other domestic
these roaches mate, some pass this ability on to some
cockroaches.
of their offspring, resulting in a population with
Urban cockroaches are adaptable. Generally, their
increasingly larger numbers resistant to the pesticide.
Module One, Chapter 2, Pg 11





 


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