Urban parks in North America teem with sizable cockroaches at night. However, in the daytime they are nowhere to be seen. Where do they go?
I know that they tend to avoid light, but how do they go about finding a hiding spot? Do they just throw themselves into any superficial crack and stay still? Do they travel a substantial distance into storm drains, water pipes, tunnels and hollow walls until they are well out of reach of larger animals? Do they have a nest that they return to every night or do they just use whatever hiding spot is nearby?
And specifically for small urban parks, flowerbeds and lawns - do they dig tunnels in the soil? Do they nest in the trees? Or do they simply leave the park and hide in nearby buildings, sewers, and similar human-built structures?
I ask because while it is obvious they must hide somewhere, I have never actually "gotten the drop on" a sleeping or hiding cockroach in a park - or elsewhere - I've only encountered roaches that were scurrying out and about. Some nocturnal insects can be found by for instance flipping over wet rocks or digging up some soil, but cockroaches despite being large and numerous are nowhere to be seen. Are they just really, really good at hiding?