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Spanish Cockroach: Is it a Thing?

Cockroaches are multi-continental species and are found even in Iceland, the bug-free country. Spain has a Mediterranian climate that mostly stays hot with rainy winters. That’s why the climate of Spain offers cockroaches a suitable environment to live, breed, and thrive.

Cockroach in spanish is called Cucaracha. However, they are no such cockroach species known as the Spanish Cockroach. Spain houses many other cockroaches, including German cockroaches, Australian cockroaches, American cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches, and Palmetto bugs.

Spanish cockroach is not a subclass or species of cockroach. Instead, Spain has the same varieties of roaches found elsewhere on Earth. Similarly, German or Australian cockroaches are not confined to Germany or Australia; they are found across the globe, including the US.

Before you read further, just a quick question. Tired of cockroaches and looking for a permanent solution?

Stop wasting your time, invest in these products and follow this guide: How to get rid of roaches? You will be roach-free in 10-20 days.

1. Max Force Glue Traps
2. Advion Gel Baits
3. Harris Powder Bait
4. Gentrol Insect Growth Regulator
5. Loctite Foam Sealent


Optional Items
1. Gel Bait Professional Gun
2. Torch
3. Powder Bait Puffer
4. Insecticide Spray to kill a reveled colony in a single shot

Spanish Cockroach Explained

Spain is a historic country dating back to 600 BC. As a result, many modern cities like Barcelona and Madrid still have old streets with wall-to-wall houses. Yet elegant and beautiful, these houses provide an increased risk of cockroach infestation from neighbors to neighbors. Furthermore, The warm environment of Spain favors several small roaches to thrive and infest homes.

The environment of Spain favors the following types of cockroaches to thrive:

1. German Cockroach

The German cockroach is the most common in Spain. They are small in size and are usually seen infesting homes in large numbers, especially kitchens and bathrooms. German cockroaches visit sewage more often than any other cockroach and are most likely to transmit diseases.

2. Oriental Cockroach

The Oriental cockroach is a glossy dark brown cockroach measuring 0.79–1.06 inches. This is the second most common cockroach found in Spain after the German cockroach. Though found across Spain, these roaches are most common in Andalucía and are seen infesting basements, porches, and other damp locations.

The Oriental cockroach is also referred as Waterbug and can be confused with the Giant Water Bug or ground beetles. I have written a complete article on bugs mistaken for roaches.

3. American Cockroach

The American cockroach is a light brown cockroach introduced to Spain in early 1600 Centery via ships to the Port of Málaga. From Málaga, the American cockroach was carried to other major cities across Spain via roads and sea. The American cockroach is also very common in Spain but rarely infest homes.

4. Australian Cockroach

Australian cockroaches are thought to have been introduced to Spain recently around 2016-18, when it was sighted for the first time. However, the dry environment of cities like Madrid does not favor Australian cockroaches to thrive and breed in these parts of the country, yet it can be a problem in coastal cities like Almería.

Do you know seeing a cockroach in a dream can have different meanings in different societies? Read this interesting article to know the myths and scientific aspects: Cockroach In My Dream, Scientific Interpretation & Analysis.

Spanish Cockroach Infestation

Cockroaches are associated with disease spread and triggering allergies. In addition, certain highly pathogenic bacterias, such as Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Klebsiella pneumonia, have been isolated from cockroaches (Source). Besides these, the loathing and disgust associated with cockroaches are in the human genome.

Cockroach infestation in Spain is mainly attributed to the German roach. However, they can be difficult to eradicate because they live in closed cabinets and spaces and usually come out at night. Moreover, they also infest electric appliances such as a fridge and a microwave oven.

Do you know you can keep roaches at bay using Natural Repellents that are easily available inside every home?

Getting Rid of Spainsh Roaches

Roaches in Spain can be eradicated using similar methods as elsewhere; however, because the temperature in Spain usually stays warm throughout the year, roaches all year around can breed. Therefore, eradicating Spanish roaches needs roach eggs into consideration.

Let’s discuss all these spets in detail.

Follow these three simple steps to get rid of roaches in Spain.

Step 1: Use a bait

The first step is to use bait to get rid of any roach in your home. Baits are better than sprays as baits will kill the entire colony.

You can get your hand on many baits, but these are my favorite ones. Use any of them according to instructions on the pack.

Bengal Roach Killer is a dry spray bait, very easy to apply and use. (How to use guide)
– Advion Cockroach Gel Bait is the most effective gel you can buy.
– Hot Shot Liquid Cockroach Trapper and Killer is the best trap you can get for cockroaches.
– Combat Max 12 Month Roach Killing Bait is the best bait out on the market.

Step 2: Close all openings

The next step is closing all openings into your bathroom; else, it will be impossible to stop an infestation. Use Loctite Foam Sealent (Amazon Link) to close gaps and openings like a pro.

Step 3: Use an IGR

Using an IGR is the last step to ensure the roach nymphs don’t grow into adults. An IGR alters the internal hormones of roaches to molt. This way, the roaches can not become adults and reproduce. Gentrol Growth Regulator (Amazon Link) is the only and the best IGR device for roaches.

It’s very easy to use. Just purge one of them and place it in a hidden place inside your bathroom.

That’s it. Peace.