Cockroach extermination can be a hard task for many reasons. But do you know why? Cockroaches are actually a pretty fascinating insect – even if they are disgusting. Here are a few facts about cockroaches that you may not know.
There are more than just a few species
Most people will recognize water roaches (American roaches), as well as German roaches. But truth be told, there are over 4,000 species of cockroaches, according to the Smithsonian. The American and German cockroach species are the two most common of the 30 considered pests. These two species are typically large, and the American ones can fly or glide short distances. Pest control exterminators understand that cockroach species are known for reproducing quickly, so acting quickly is key to getting rid of these nasty insects.
Cockroaches move faster than most insects
You may have noticed it’s hard to step on roaches sometimes because they move so quickly. Interesting enough, roaches can actually move up to three miles per hour, making them one of the fastest insects. Cockroaches are very sensitive and are able to sense the slightest air movement, which helps them scurry away just in time. In perspective, if a roach was human size and could still move as easily, they could reach top speeds of 200 mph.
They can live without their heads
If you’re able to catch a roach just in time with your foot but only smash the head, you still have a problem: roaches can live up to a week without their head. The motor functions of most species are kept in their skin, so they don’t need a head to continue sneaking around your house. The only reason a roach will die without its head is because it needs water to live, and it doesn’t have a mouth to drink.
Roaches don’t need food often but can’t live long without water
We already know that a headless roach can live for about a week before it dies due to dehydration. However, roaches can go without food for almost a month. So if you’re trying to get rid of roaches on your own, keeping your house clean doesn’t really put them in danger of dying – removing their water sources does. Keep all counters wiped down, faucets tight and drains plugged to keep them from finding water.
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