Cockroaches are understood to be One of the scariest pest found inside our homes though they are not directly dangers to us.
Cockroaches have been about for millions of years, evolving into some of the most adaptable pests on Earth. There are nearly 4,000 living species of cockroaches in the world. About 70 of these species found in the United States alone.
Cockroaches are commonly found in homes and buildings because they prefer warm conditions close to food and water. Unfortunately, cockroaches can create allergies and trigger asthma attacks, especially in children. They can also spread nearly 33 different kinds of bacteria.
Cockroaches are mainly night-loving and will run away when exposed to light. Cockroaches leave chemical traces in their faeces, as well as emitting airborne pheromones for mating and swarming. These chemical traces transmit bacteria onto the area. Others will follow these paths to discover sources of water and food, and also find where other cockroaches are living. Thus, cockroaches can exhibit rising behaviour, in which group or swarm behaviour arises from a simple set of individual cooperation.
Did You Know:
Cockroaches are living since the time of dinosaurs!
A cockroach can live a month without food.
A cockroach can live for weeks without water.
Some female cockroaches only mate once and stay pregnant for life!
A cockroach can survive up to one week without the head!
Cockroaches can hold their breath for 40 minutes!
Cockroaches can travel up to 3 miles an hour.
These are the insects of the order Blattodea sometimes called Blattaria.
Some of the best-known cockroaches are
The American cockroach (Periplaneta Americana) about 30 mm (1.2 in) in length;
The German cockroach (Blattellagermanica) about 15 mm (0.59 in) in length;
The Asian cockroach (Blattella Asahi Nai) also about 15 mm (0.59 in) in diameter;
The Oriental cockroach, Blatta Orientalis, about 25 mm (0.98 in).
Cockroaches are among the most terrible insects. Some species are capable of surviving active for a month without food and can survive with limited supplies, such as the glue from the back of postage stamps. Some can live without air for 45 minutes. In one experiment, cockroaches were able to gain from being submerged underwater for half an hour. Japanese cockroach (P. japonica) nymphs, which winter sleep in cold winters, survived twelve hours at -5 °C to -8 °C in laboratory experiments.