Oct 15, 2013 - 08:03 PM
Suzanne, I completely understand you fear and anxiety of cockroaches. American Cockroaches especially because they are large and freaky looking.
In response to your questions -
There is no time of day or night when they are most likely to emerge. It depends on how hungry they are and if they are in need of water.
Cockroaches use their antennae to detect movement. Even the smallest movement or air current can be detected. Using anything to try to get them to stay put is unlikely. Light and also cold can help keep them at bay, but eventually they will be on the move.
As far as hibernation, when it gets cold, they will go into hiding. They also secret an "antifreeze" type protein, that protects them from the cold. An adult American Cockroach can live up to 2 years. Most commonly a year or so.
Here is what I do when I find one either at home or work. I leave the spray in the cabinet, grab some toilet paper or a paper towel, use it to grab the little sucker, and then flush everything down the toilet.
As far as how it stopped for several minutes and then came back to life? It was just stunned. It was playing "possum" hoping that you would leave and it could crawl away.......