10 Need To Know Cockroach Facts

Cockroaches are disgusting, it’s a well-known fact! And if you find even one or two of these pests in your London property, you need to call in a professional straight away. But did you know, they can also be quite interesting? For example, the average age of a cockroach is about a year, but they have actually been on the planet for a super long time. Evidence gathered from fossils shows they could have existed for over 300 million years! I wonder how dinosaurs dealt with their pest control.

 

Here are 9 more facts about cockroaches that you need to know.

  1. They’re cannibalsThey’re not fussy when it comes to their eating habits. Actually they’ll pretty much eat anything! But when times are tough, they have been known to eat each other to satisfy their hunger. How gross is that! When there’s a large infestation, food becomes scarce and these insects will turn to eating each other. It’s a good source of food and it decreases the population size.
  2. They won’t survive a nuclear explosionContrary to popular belief, they won’t make it through the mushroom cloud. It’s been discovered they can’t actually survive a nuclear war, but they can endure a lot more radiation exposure than we can.
  3. They can get through small gaps even the tiniest crack in your wall is a gateway for a cockroach. Their exoskeletons allow them to flatten their bodies, and squeeze through.
  4. They can trigger asthmaThey’ve been known to trigger the symptoms of allergies and asthma, through the shedding of their body parts, saliva and faeces.
  5. They can lose their head, and survive for a week! They don’t need their mouths to breath, and they don’t need to eat for a month. So, therefore, you have a pest that can live without its head for a whole week.
  6. They’re really quite fast they are super quick, to get away from predators, as it’s their only defence mechanism. They can reach speeds of 1.5 meters per second. That’s 200 mph for us!
  7. They can’t fly some may have wings, but they can’t fly. It’s more falling, and then gliding for short distances.
  8. They love beer this might sound crazy, but it’s true! So if you are concerned your London home may have a cockroach infestation, keep the beer in the fridge!
  9. They can hold their breath for 40 minutes they can regulate water loss, and don’t use their mouths to breath, so they can survive underwater for longer periods of time.

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