Most homeowners are aware of the health and safety risks associated with cockroach infestations, including the allergies and asthma triggered by cockroach allergens, and the germs and bacteria they have been known to spread. What may not be as widely known is the fact that cockroaches are a very interesting and resilient pest that exhibits some very odd behavior and survival tactics. For example, cockroaches spend 75% of their time resting and can withstand temperatures as cold as 32 degrees Fahrenheit!
Here are ten of the most fascinating cockroach facts:
Due to their open circulatory system, and the fact that they breathe through little holes in each of their body segments, they are not dependent on the mouth or head to breathe. The roach only dies because without a mouth, it can't drink water and dies of thirst.
These pests can even survive being submerged under water for half an hour. They hold their breath often to help regulate their loss of water.
While this may seem like an impressive athletic ability, what it really means is that they can spread germs and bacteria throughout a home very quickly.
In fact, the German cockroach is the most common of the cockroaches and has been implicated in outbreaks of illness and allergic reactions in many people.
5.) A One-Day-Old Baby Cockroach Can Run Almost as Fast as Its Parents
For reference, these babies are about the size of a speck of dust! So, not only are they fast, but they are also elusive, which is a dangerous combination for a pest known to transmit various diseases.
6.) The American Cockroach Has Shown an Attraction to Alcohol
Similar to other pests, this cockroach species is drawn to some alcoholic beverages, especially beer. They are most likely attracted by the hops and sugar present in the drink.
7.) The World's Largest Roach is Six Inches Long
Only found in South America, this species also has a one-foot wingspan. For context, average cockroaches can vary in size from ½"- 2" long.
8.) Cockroaches are Really Old
It is believed that cockroaches originated more than 280 million years ago in the Carboniferous era.
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