5 things you didn’t know about cockroaches

The first mention of cockroaches can often make your skin crawl and your hairs stand on edge. These crawling insects are synonymous with dirt and filth, and to make matters worse; like a giant bacteria magnet, they can also assist in the spread of disease!

1. They’re everywhere!

There are almost 4500 species of cockroaches worldwide with new species still being discovered. German cockroaches are the most common species. The largest species is found in South America. This cockroach averages 6 inches in length with an impressive 1 foot wingspan! The average cockroach is only 1/2″ to 2″ in length.

2. They like their beauty sleep.

Roaches spend 75% of their time resting. They are also not morning people. When roaches awaken they are unable to form new memories. It takes them time to become functional and they don’t start to retain new information until later in the day.

3. They are flexible.

Roaches can squeeze through a gap as small as 1/4 of their body length. They accomplish this feat by flattening their bodies and turning their legs to the side.

Fascinating facts about cockroaches

They discovered that cockroaches can’t actually survive a nuclear explosion as none of the crawling insects survived radiation levels of 100,000 rads (1). To sum up, cockroaches can’t survive a nuclear explosion but they can endure far greater levels of radiation than us humans.

4. They are speed demons.

Roaches are fast movers reaching speeds of up to 3 mph. Even babies can move at these rapid speeds. This not only allows them to quickly invade new spaces but also allows them to spread bacteria and germs at a much faster pace.

5. They can go without food, water, and their heads.

Yes, you did read that right. Roaches can go up to a month without food and up to a week without water or their heads. They could actually live longer without their heads but the absence of their mouth leaves them unable to eat or drink. Roaches will eat anything from dead insects to soap, cloth, and glue. They have even been known to eat other roaches when food supplies are low or the infestation gets so large in an effort to reduce the population.

If you have a roach infestation in your home, give us a call right away. These pests can spread many diseases. A-Z Pest Solutions can help you get rid of these pests for good.

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