Cockroaches. Just the name makes us shudder with disgust. They’re creepy, gross, and can even trigger allergies and carry diseases. When we find them in our homes we do whatever it takes, except burning the house down, to get rid of them. But to beat the enemy you need to know the enemy. These fascinating facts will help you better understand how they live so you know what is and what isn’t effective when getting rid of cockroaches.
Roaches Can Survive Without Their Head
Yes, that’s right. Roaches have an amazing adaptation that makes them able to live weeks without their eyes or mouth. This is because their brains are not the control centers of their bodies like all other animals. Instead, their thorax acts as the control center for motor skills, making these creatures able to reproduce without their heads. So rethink that roach guillotine idea.
They Can Live Almost Anywhere
As disgusting as they may be, you have to hand it to these insects for their amazing adaptability. There are about 4,000 species of cockroaches in the world, 70 of which are found right here in the United States. They can be found on every continent except Antartica, so book your tickets today.
Roaches Stay Fertile
Because roaches have been around for a very, very long time they have adapted to almost every circumstance to ensure their survival. For example, when roaches mate the female can store sperm and use it for her entire life to fertilize her eggs. Who needs a man, right?
Cockroaches Are Flexible
Cockroaches are already small but they can fit into spaces smaller than their bodies. They are extremely flexible creatures and can splay their legs, like a gymnast, and flatten their exoskeletons, not like a gymnast, to squeeze through gaps that are a quarter the size of their bodies.
Cockroaches are super fast!
After being an annoyingly gross pest for millennia, most creatures that have ever lived have tried to kill these things, so roaches have adapted accordingly by being very, very fast. They can sprint up to speeds of 1.5 meters per second. If humans could do that we could sprint from San Diego to Los Angeles in 35 minutes.
Cockroaches Are Cannibals
If you thought you could starve roaches out, think again. Even if you remove every scrap of food out of your house they can live up to a month. After that, they will turn on each other. That’s right, when roaches are pushed to the brink they will do anything to survive, including turning into cannibals to ensure the species survives. When you have cannibalistic roaches in your house maybe it’s time to sell.
Cockroaches are resilient and fascinating little creatures but they still pose health risks to humans in the form of asthma, allergies, and diseases.
With perimeter pest control from Harvest Lawn Care you can protect your home and your family from invading, cannibalistic cockroaches. Our technicians will spray a liquid barrier around the foundation of your house to make sure roaches, spiders, beetles, and ants think twice before entering your home.
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