Cockroaches are one of the most iconic insects out there and not in a good way! They’ve been depicted in film and literature for years upon years because they naturally make the skin crawl. Although roaches do immediately inspire disgust and signal that a room is filthy, they are very immensely interesting animals. Here are a few facts about them.
They’re Incredibly Tough!
Cockroaches might not seem like much, but they’re actually incredibly tough creatures. For starters, they can survive for an entire week without their head before dying of thirst and also hold their breath for up to 40 minutes! That’s not even the beginning.
Astonishingly, a cockroach would survive a nuclear bomb. Various tests have proven that they can withstand very high levels of radiation and some roaches were even found in the aftermaths of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Chernobyl.
Cockroaches Can Run Fast and Spread Disease
Cockroaches are unbelievably fast. The American Cockroach is capable of speeds of 3.4 mph which is incredible for their size. A huge downside here, however, is that this speed allows roaches to spread bacteria and disease around a home or commercial premises in very little time at all. When you’ve got kids in the house, this can be a real issue.
They’re Ancient Animals
Cockroaches originated more than 280 million years ago, placing them in the Carboniferous period. This means that cockroaches were around millions of years before the age of dinosaurs. Earth was populated by a number of different plants by this time, but the only other life on the planet were insects, fish and tetrapods.
They Eat Literally Everything
Cockroaches eat a huge and disgusting array of food. From a burger that you leave on the side, to cloth, faeces and even their own young, there’s nothing that a cockroach won’t eat.
Cockroaches may be interesting animals, but they’re also a pest that can carry disease if you’re not careful. These insects are becoming more and more prevalent in urban areas so, if you think you have an outbreak, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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