Cockroaches are not only an annoying pest; they can pose certain health risk. Not only do they spread germs and bacteria, they can also trigger asthma and allergy attacks. Cockroaches are believed to have originated over 280 million years, thus their resilience can make them a hard target if not treated correctly. A single cockroach can run 3 miles in an hour which makes it very easy for them to spread germs over your home very quickly. They can also breathe under water for about 40 minutes and often hold their breath as a way to reserve water in their bodies. Cockroaches are cold blooded, so they are able to survive a month without food, but only a week without water. Another amazing fact about a cockroach is that they can survive for a week without its head; they are able to breathe thru little holes that cover their body due to their open circulatory system.
There are 1000s of species of cockroaches, but only 1% of them are considered pest. The most common cockroaches that we see here in the US are considered “THE BAD GUYS”, these being the German, American, Oriental and brown-banded cockroaches. There is a common myth that a cockroach can survive a nuclear explosion, and that is not completely true, but they can however with-stand 10 times the amount of radiation as a human can with-stand. Another common myth is that cockroaches will only invade a dirty home, this is completely false. Yes a dirtier home will make it easier for them to come in and hide, but a cockroach will invade any home or space. This is why it is very important to make sure the crack and crevices of your home are treated with a roach infestation. Roaches are very low on the food and have natural predators, but most of their natural predators are pest that do not enter our home so a professional treatment is usually the only way to rid an infestation.
Roaches are omnivores. They will pretty much ANYTHING, even each other. Yes, roaches are cannibals! Studies have shown that there are 2 reasons for this; to calm a rumbling stomach and to regulate the colony. This usually starts with the older cockroaches preying on the younger weaker nymphs. In return the young roaches have learned to escape the older adults by foraging for food during the day while most adults hunt at night. It has even been found that some nymphs have started producing pheromones that repel the adults. Their cannibalism is strictly for survival when food sources are little are unavailable