|Name: Periplaneta americana|
Family: Blattidae - Cockroaches
Name in other languages
The Cockroach is a bug in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Doubutsu no Mori. They are small, brown insects and are generally regarded as being disgusting, most notably by Blathers, the curator of the museum. Due to their constant availability and negative connotations with filth, they are worth only 5 Bells, making them the least valuable bug in the Animal Crossing series.
While they are not catchable in games past Animal Crossing: Wild World, Cockroaches will appear inside the player's home in every Animal Crossing series game if the player does not enter it for approximately a week or longer.
In Animal Crossing
In Wild World
Donating to the museum
When donated to the museum, the Cockroach will roam freely around the floor of the insect exhibit. If the player repeatedly steps on it, a voice will ask the player to refrain from doing so. As with all insects in the Animal Crossing series, the Cockroach can be donated to the museum by talking to Blathers, who will tell the player information about it. In both Animal Crossing and Wild World, Blathers is disgusted more than usual by Cockroaches, even questioning why they are required to include in the museum's collection.
In Animal Crossing
In Wild World
Blathers, the curator of the museum, will not contain his utter contempt for his least favorite of insects:
The Cockroach can be found running around the first room of the insect exhibit. They will run away from the player, sometimes jumping over it. If a player tries to step on it, a sarcastic reminder will appear, probably written by Blathers:
"Dear patrons: This is a thoughtful donation from <Player>. Please do not step on it."
Cockroaches in the player's house
Cockroaches appear in the player's houses if neglected for a week or more, scuttling on the floor and taking shelter underneath furniture. They cannot be caught and must be killed by stepping over them. Upon squishing a cockroach, a small ghost floats into the air and disappears. Depending on how long the player has been absent, more Cockroaches will appear. In City Folk, New Leaf, and New Horizons, once all the cockroaches have been squished, the player does a victory cheer similar to the one displayed when a home loan is paid off.
The American cockroach, also known as the Palmetto bug or waterbug, particularly in the southern United States, is the largest species of common cockroach, and is often considered a pest. It is native to the Southern United States and common in tropical climates. Human activity has extended the insect's range of habitation. Specimens have been observed in eastern North American cities as far north as New York City, Toronto, and Montreal, though its intolerance to cold restricts it to human habitations. Global shipping has transplanted the insects to world ports including Tenerife (Spain), Southern Spain, Greece, Taiwan, and Cape Town and Durban, South Africa.
The insect is believed to have originated in Africa, but had become established in the southern United States by the time that it was given its name.