Cockroaches are generally considered disgusting and unpleasant to human being and can infest homes and commercial areas where there is the presence of food. They can transmit viruses and bacteria which cause a hail of ailments. There are about 4000 species of this nasty creature and about 70 species live where humans live. Only five of these species are considered as household pests.
These species include:
- American Cockroach
- German Cockroach
- Oriental Cockroach
- Smoky Brown Cockroach
- Brownbanded Cockroach
The most common and the most stubborn is the German cockroach which is very hard to eliminate once you have an infestation.
Did you Know the Following 10 Facts About Cockroaches?
- They can live without their heads for a week. They die of starvation and thirst since they cannot eat or drink.
- These nasty creatures can survive up to 1 month without food.
- Cockroaches have a colorless blood.
- Cockroach brain is its entire body.
- They can hold their breath for 40 minutes while the longest the human can hold is 9 minutes.
- The world’s largest winged cockroach was found in Peru. It is preserved in the collection of Akira Yokokura in Japan and measures 3.8in in length and 1.75in across.
- It can run at a speed of 3 mph same as the walking human speed. This experiment was conducted by the University of California, Berkeley in 1991.
- They spend 75% of their time resting.
- A typical cockroach has 6 legs and 18 knees.
- Cockroaches are known to carry several disease causing viruses and bacteria. Some of these diseases include; dysentery, enteric fever, poliomyelitis, leprosy, bubonic plague, diarrhea, gastroentteriritis and roach dust that can trigger asthma.
Cockroaches mainly come out at night and it is always the best practice to not leave any food particles laying around. If you have an infestation, it is imperative that you know the species that have invaded your home. Different species require different treatment methods.