What do Cockroaches Eat?
Cockroaches are a type of insect that most people think of as dirty and gross. They are, however, actually clean and intelligent bugs. They get their nasty reputation from their diet of mostly rotting substances, but they are an essential part of many ecosystems, where they clean up things that could otherwise spread disease. Roaches prefer starchy, decomposing foods, but in truth they can eat almost anything. Fallen leaves, sugary items like rotten fruits and old meats would be their food of choice in the wild, but many cockroaches have adapted to life close to people. In a human home, cockroaches have been found eating paper, dead skin cells, glue, hair, any food that’s been left out, leather and even wood! Because of the abundance of things you might not even consider as a food source, it’s no wonder so many cockroaches take up residence in apartments, restaurants and houses.