When you think of a cockroach, what comes to mind? Dirty, gross, disgusting, indestructible? There is an old joke that says if the world suddenly comes to an end, the cockroach will survive. Funny as this may sound, it might possibly be true. These bottom-feeding insects have adapted to Latrobe, Pennsylvania, in ways most other animals and insects have not. They are capable of living pretty much anywhere and with almost no food. While they might seem like vile creatures to you, they are more intelligent than you think. They are social beings that, like the ant kingdom, use pheromones to communicate with one another. Some scientists even say cockroaches have individual personalities. They are survivors and have unique ways of doing so. Join us as we dive into the world of the cockroach and discover a few fascinating yet out-of-ordinary facts about one of the most hated insects in the world.
Cockroaches Have Been Around Forever
It’s no wonder these frightful insects have been able to adapt to different environments. They have been on this planet longer than most other species. Three hundred and eighty million years, to be exact. Cockroaches have learned to fit in with their surroundings and alter their food chain to coincide with new habitats, including right here in the Latrobe area.
They Can Be Found Just About Everywhere
Cockroaches can be found on all continents except Antarctica, simply because it is too cold. Of the four thousand different types of cockroaches in the world, only ten species live near humans. They are quite flexible creatures and can spread their legs and flatten their exoskeletons to fit in the tiniest spaces.
Cockroaches Can Hold Their Breath For a Really Long Time
Good luck trying to suffocate a cockroach! These vile creatures have been reported to hold their breath for up to 40 minutes at a time. No matter what the situation, cockroaches are ready for it.
They Can Survive for Up to a Month
Can you imagine not having anything to eat for an entire month? Unless you are on one of those reality survivor shows or stranded on a deserted island, why would you? But cockroaches are cold-blooded and do not need to eat as much as warm-blooded animals. So if you think removing all of the food out of your house will starve them, think again. They are, however, susceptible to dehydration. Just a few days without water can make a cockroach weak and lethargic. One week without water, and a cockroach will die.
The Female Cockroach Remains Fertile for Life
A female cockroach only needs to mate once to become fertile. Once she has mated, she has the ability to fertilize her eggs for the rest of her life and doesn’t require a mate. How fascinating!
Cockroaches Will Eat Each Other If Necessary
Cockroaches are survivalists. Not only can they go up to a month without eating, if push comes to shove, they will also eat each other. This also helps to serve as population control when there is not enough food to sustain the whole group.
The Headless Cockroach
And the most amazing fact of all, cockroaches can live up to several weeks without their heads. This is because their control center is not located in their head but within their thorax. They also have an open circulatory system where they breathe through small holes in each segment of their body. During this time, a headless female cockroach can still lay eggs to ensure the next generation comes along. This just shows to what extent this captivating creature will go to survive.
Keep Cockroaches and all Pests Out of Your Home With Perimeter Pest Control From the Professionals at LawnRx
While cockroaches are fascinating creatures, that doesn’t mean we want them inside our homes. Keep your family and loved ones protected with perimeter pest control offered by the highly qualified trained professionals at LawnRx. We service the entire Latrobe area, will inspect your home for all possible entry points, and spray an invisible, odorless barrier around the outside area of your home, paying particular attention to insect entry points. When a cockroach or other unsightly insect home invader tries to pass through, they will be immediately stopped in their tracks.
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