Cockroach Facts

They say a Cockroach could survive a Nuclear Explosion, that we will discuss another day, today let’s just look at some Cockroach Facts.
The Cockroach Facts are: Cockroaches have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. As a matter of fact, these insects are incredibly hardy. They generally prefer warm, dark, damp environments. Needless to say, it is incredibly important that action be taken immediately to rid your home of cockroaches the first instance you see them. The reason why is because some female cockroaches can remain pregnant forever and produce up to 150 offspring per year. Other  cockroach facts are that many cockroaches will crawl around in very filthy and disgusting areas. If they then walk around parts of your house were you typically prepare food, or otherwise engage in everyday activity, there is a reasonable chance that you may become infected with bacteria or other diseases that the cockroaches carry around with them. Some children are even reported to have acute asthma symptoms as a result of cockroaches being present in the home. Something that needs to be understood about these cockroach facts is that the American cockroach is the largest of all the roaches. They can grow to be approximately 2 inches in size. However, they are not considered to be the dirtiest or stinkiest. That dubious designation goes to the Oriental cockroach. Ironically, the Oriental cockroach is actually from Africa.

Cockroach Facts – Anatomy

Roaches wear their skeletons on the outside of their bodies. What if you skinned your knee and white blood came out? If you’re a cockroach, no big deal. Cockroaches bleed white blood. Roach mouths work sideways. Try it sometime. Cockroaches have six hairy legs. The tiny hairs found on each leg give them their sense of touch. Cockroaches have 6 legs and least 18 knees!!! Many cockroaches can fly and have beautiful diaphanous–or see-through–wings. Tinkerbell would be jealous of these cockroach facts. You outgrow your clothes; roaches outgrow their skeletons. As roaches grow, they shed their external skeletons several times a year. Soft food moves through a cockroach’s gut in 48 hours. The cockroach facts are that a cockroach heart is nothing but a simple tube with valves. The tube can pump blood backwards and forwards in the insect. The heart can even stop moving without harming the roach.

Cockroach Facts – History

A cockroach family tree would be mighty big and long! Cockroaches are thought to have originated during the Carboniferous era, which ended 280 million years ago. They have been abundant ever since and are some of the most primitive winged insects. All American pest roaches–like most American humans–were immigrants. If you were to collect one of every species of cockroach found in the world, you’d need a lot of jars to put them in. There are some 5,000 species of cockroaches worldwide. Pest cockroaches are native to western Asia and northern Africa. Cockroaches were carried all over the world in wooden ship. They were the sailors and stowaways of the insect world. Sir Francis Drake once captured a ship which was overrun with millions of roaches. The H.M.S. “Bounty” was so infested with cockroaches that Captain William Bligh, a British admiral known for his mean temper, disinfected the entire ship with boiling water. The cockroach facts are that a  some people develop allergies to cockroaches, including skin rashes and respiratory problems, such as a condition similar to asthma.

Cockroach Facts – Miscellaneous

No food for a month–not even a crumb? Roaches can go without eating for a month but will only live a week without water. A cockroach can live a week without its head. It only dies because without a mouth, it can’t drink water. It’s hard to sneak up on a roach. They have one great big nerve connecting their tails to their heads, alerting them to danger from behind. Roaches have faster reflexes than humans–even faster than Michael Jordan’s. Roaches can swim and hold their breath for 40 minutes. But they breathe through their sides–not their noses–which makes it tough to come up for air. American cockroaches are quick little varmints. They can run up to three miles per hour. Male cockroaches weigh less than female cockroaches, and males can fly and flee faster. Cockroaches are supreme couch potatoes. They spend 75 percent of their time resting. How can you tell if a cockroach is resting or trying to remember what it came into the room for? Resting roaches point their antennae up and forward, and at about a 60 degree angle from one another.
So there you go, you now have all the important, interesting and disgusting Cockroach Facts you need. Now as for surviving a Nuclear Explosion, we will have to see about that…
Just remember, if you come across these nasty pests, contact A1 Exterminators right away and they will eliminate these pests for you!

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