Mitteilungen der deutschen Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie (2004) 14, 93-100

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R. Pospischil (2004)
Schaben - Blattodea. Ein Beispiel für die Einschleppung und Einbürgerung von Insekten in Europa
[Cockroaches - Blattodea. An example for introduction and establishment of insects in Europe]
Mitteilungen der deutschen Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie 14, 93-100
Abstract: Cockroaches (Class: Insecta, Order: Blattodea) are known around human premises for thousands of years. Some species followed man from the tropical and subtropical areas to the north and live in the human environment since people started to settle. Some species such as Blattella germanica (LINNAEUS), Blatta orientalis (LINNAEUS), and Periplaneta americana (LINNAEUS), have become important household pests worldwide. Other species are introduced sporadically to Europe with plants and vegetables and are known to cause damage to plants and their fruits in greenhouses (e.g. Pycnoscelus surinamensis (LINNAEUS), and Periplaneta australasiae (FABRICIUS)). Changes in the lifestyle of people since the last 50 years which favourite introduction and establisment of cockroaches are described, particularly those which are responsible for constantly warm temperature conditions. Extensive food production areas and intensive world trade are also important entrances for introduction and establishment of cockroach species from warmer countries to Europe. Origin, possible ways of introduction and establishment of different primarily domicilary cockroach species are discussed.
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(original language: German)

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
new introduction of pest
general biology - morphology - evolution

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Blatta orientalis Germany
Blatta orientalis Netherlands
Blatta orientalis United Kingdom
Blattella germanica Denmark
Blattella germanica Germany
Blattella germanica United Kingdom
Periplaneta americana Belgium
Periplaneta americana France
Periplaneta americana Germany
Supella longipalpa France
Supella longipalpa Germany
Supella longipalpa Spain (continental)
Supella longipalpa Switzerland
Supella longipalpa United Kingdom
Supella longipalpa Cuba
Supella longipalpa U.S.A. (mid S)
Supella longipalpa U.S.A. (SE)
Periplaneta fuliginosa
Periplaneta australasiae Germany
Neostylopyga rhombifolia Germany
Pycnoscelus surinamensis Germany
Periplaneta brunnea United Kingdom
Blattella asahinai Japan
Blattella asahinai India
Blattella asahinai U.S.A. (SE)
Ectobius vittiventris Switzerland
Pycnoscelus indicus
Rhyparobia maderae
Blaptica dubia Germany
Blaptica dubia Switzerland
Nauphoeta cinerea Germany
Nauphoeta cinerea United Kingdom
Nauphoeta cinerea U.S.A. (SE)