Every tenant, homeowner know the health and safety risks cockroach infestations brings to the home, including germs, bacteria they spread, allergies and asthma induced by roach allergens. Nonetheless, there are amazing facts about cockroaches you may not know. Though it may be difficult to believe, roaches are interesting pests that display unusual behavior and tactics. For instance, roaches can withstand cold temperatures, and they spend most of their time resting.
Furthermore, they can live for a week when their heads are chopped off because of the open circulatory system, and the fact that they breathe through little holes in each of their body segments; in essence, they don’t depend on their mouth to breathe. The reason a cockroach die when its head is chopped off is that it can no longer eat or drink water, and these are the necessary factors to keep any living thing alive.
Killing cockroaches by submerging them in water may not be the best idea because roaches can hold their breath for forty minutes; they hold their breath often to regulate their loss of water.
These germ spreaders are excellent with carrying their job; they can run three miles in an hour, which means they can fill three miles with germs in an hour. In addition, a day old cockroach as tiny as a speck of dust can run almost as fast as the adult cockroach.
It takes a month and six days for the German cockroach to grow into an adult, and it is common around the world. Also, German cockroach is linked to the outbreaks of illness and allergic reactions in many people. However, the American cockroach loves alcoholic beverages especially beers (any brands). You are likely to call out the American cockroach from hiding when you mix alcohol with hops and sugar.
More than 4,000 species are living all over the world, including the American cockroach, German cockroach, and the brown banded cockroach. Roaches originated more than 280 million years ago, in the Carboniferous era (the period when coal was laid down) due to their ability to live without food for a month, but can only survive seven days without water- they are cold-blooded insects. The largest cockroach in the world lives in South America, and it is six inches long with a one-foot wingspan. Moreover, the common roaches vary in size from ½ inches to 2 inches long.
Cockroaches are some of the world’s most adaptable creatures- it is difficult to successfully eliminate them from your home, business sites, and garden without the help of a professional pest control operator.
Also, ensure you seal up foods, and store them properly especially in the kitchen; avoid leaving crumbs overnight. Take out the trash as often as possible to prevent roaches and other pests from entering your home.
Seal up cracks and crevices in the home, fix leaking pipes, and roof; these can be entrances for pests such as cockroaches to hide in your house. Basements and crawlspaces should be ventilated and dry.
If you do not have the time to get rid of roaches yourself, you can always hire a pest control operator near you.