Creepy, Crawly, Yucky Roach Facts!
At Lenny’s Pest Control of Southwest Florida we are always on the lookout for news, articles and valuable information to share with you about the Pest Control world. Today we would like to share this article we found on Roach facts. This winter has been quite a wet one so don’t be surprised if you see them coming in out of the wet cold and into your warm dry space. Remember, we are always here and available to come out to your home or place of business and give you a FREE quote on our services. It’s much better to call the experts and have us give you the peace of mind that your home is truly protected. Call 239-945-6543 today to schedule your appointment and be sure to check our specials so you can save money while you protect your home and family from those yucky unwanted pests!
Amazing Roach Facts
Run for Your Lives!
The world’s largest roach (which lives in South America) is six inches long with a one-foot wingspan.
6 — Number of legs on a cockroach
18 — Number of knees on most cockroaches (at least!)
40– Number of minutes cockroaches can hold their breath
75 — Percentage of time that cockroaches spend just resting (how lazy can you get?)
5,000 — Number of species of cockroaches worldwide
280 million+ — Years ago that cockroaches are thought to have originated (during the Carboniferous era)
Some female cockroaches mate once and are pregnant for the rest of their lives (bummer).
The Legend of the Headless Cockroach
A cockroach can live a week without its head. The roach only dies because without a mouth, it can’t drink water and dies of thirst.
Cockroaches can run up to three miles in an hour. (Hey, it’s no marathon, but it’s not bad.)
Better Check Those Cracks in the Wall
Young cockroaches need only a crack as thin as a dime (about .5mm wide) to crawl into. Adult males can squeeze into a space of 1.6mm or the thickness of a quarter. Pregnant females need the most space to hide: 4.5mm or a space as tall as two stacked nickels.
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.
If these facts aren’t enough to satisfy you (you must really want to impress your friends)
Roaches can live without food for a month, but will only survive a week without water.
When Cold, Roaches Snuggle
Most species of roaches live in the tropics. But roaches live all over the world, including the North and South Poles. Pest cockroaches can withstand temperatures as cold as 32°F (0°C), but will die if the temperature goes much below that. In extremely cold places, however, they survive by moving in with humans. (Hey, quit hogging the covers!)
Better Than Air Jordans!
Cockroaches can climb walls because they are equipped with a set of little claws on their feet designed for that very purpose.
Crushed cockroaches can be applied to a stinging wound to help relieve the pain.
Smell You Later
Sniff, sniff…oh, it’s just Uncle Leo. Roaches use their feelers, or antennae, as noses. Their sense of smell is so great, they recognize family and friends by their distinctive odors.
Female roaches attract male roaches by producing pheromones. Pheromones are chemicals that make the female roach smell REALLY good to the male roach.
Alright Kids, Beat It!
Some female cockroaches incubate their egg cases in their bodies until they are ready to hatch. These babies stay with their mothers a day or two after they are born.
Male cockroaches transfer sperm to females in a “gift-wrapped” package called a spermatophore. Some males cover the package in a protein-rich wrapping that the female can eat to obtain nutrients to raise her young. Delicious!
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