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10 fascinating curiosities about cockroaches

Curiosities about cockroaches

Curiosities about cockroaches

Most people are aware of the health risks of cockroach infestations.

Cockroaches can cause allergies and, because of their allergens, asthma. The germs and bacteria that they spread are also dangerous.

Cockroaches are very resistant and have some strange tactics of behavior and survival. For example, cockroaches spend 75% of their time resting and can tolerate temperatures of 0 degrees Celsius.

Ten fascinating curiosities about cockroaches

How long does a cockroach live without a head?

How long does a cockroach live without a headThe cockroach can live a week without its head (even 9 days). Due to their circulatory system and the fact that they breathe through small holes that they have in each of the segments of their body, they do not depend on the mouth or head to breathe.

The cockroach eventually dies of thirst because without a mouth, it cannot drink water.

How long can a cockroach be without breathing?

The cockroach can hold its breath for 40 minutes and survive for half an hour while it is submerged under water. Cockroaches retain their breath to help regulate the loss of fluid.

How fast can a cockroach run?

Cockroaches can run up to 4.8 km in one hour. This means that they can spread germs and bacteria very quickly.

How long does a cockroach become adult?

The German cockroach becomes an adult in just 36 days. In fact, it is the most common of cockroaches and has been implicated in the outbreaks of diseases and allergic reactions of many people.

What can a one-day-old cockroach do?

A one-day-old cockroach will be the size of a speck of dust. Despite being so small, it can run almost as fast as its parents.

Some cockroaches are attracted to alcoholic beverages

The American cockroach has shown a marked attraction for alcoholic beverages, especially beer. Probably, it is attracted to alcohol because this drink is mixed with hops and sugar.

Where does the largest cockroach in the world live and how large it is?

The largest cockroach in the world lives in South America and is about 15 centimeters long. The average size of cockroaches can vary from 1.27 cm to 5.08 cm in length.

How many years have cockroaches existed?

It is believed that cockroaches originated more than 280 million years ago, in the Carboniferous era.

How many species of cockroaches are there?

There are more than 4,000 species of cockroaches throughout the world including the most common species. Among them is the German cockroach, the brown-banded cockroach (Brown-banded) and the American cockroach.

How long can a cockroach live without eating?

Because they are cold blooded insects, cockroaches can live without food for a month, but it will only survive a week without water.

These facts show that cockroaches are among the most adaptable creatures on earth. Therefore, it is very difficult to control and eliminate a cockroach infestation.

To get rid of cockroaches in your home, experts suggest keeping food sealed and properly stored in the kitchen. The kitchen must be cleaned daily to prevent the accumulation of crumbs and garbage. Trash should be disposed of regularly and stored in sealed containers. Homeowners should search and seal all cracks and holes in their homes, including the entrance points of public utilities and pipes as they can serve as an entrance for the pest. In addition, basements and crawl spaces should be kept well ventilated and dry.

What do cockroaches do to humans, sting or bite?

Since cockroaches are insects belonging to the family Blattidae (of the Dictyoptera order), they have “jaws” or chewing mouth. These unpleasant animals have no structure in their body to bite the human being (stinger, beak, etc.). We can conclude then that cockroaches bite, but not humans, since their buccal apparatus is adapted only to “bite” the food they eat and not human skin.

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