Cockroaches have six legs, a pair of antennae and some even have wings, which are not particularly for flying. While most of us are aware of these characteristics, did you know that these insects can measure over 50 cm in length and can be even larger in tropical areas?
They are carriers of many diseases and the only way to get rid of them is to use cockroach killers. However, before you do that, here are some interesting facts about your enemy.
They are Older than the Dinosaurs
You are not the only one being troubled by them. They have been here for ages and, guess what, the first humans didn’t even have a spray to get rid of them. In fact, a recent study revealed that these pests have been on the planet longer than humans.
Their origins are reported to be as far back as 359 million years ago, making them older than even the dinosaurs. While other animals of that time have become extinct, these insects have managed to survive every cycle of extinction.
There are More than 4,000 Species in the World
You can find cockroaches even in parts of the world where there are no human beings. Approximately 4,600 species of these pests have been identified, spread all across the globe, except Antarctica. However, only 30 species have the capability to become pests.
So, before you start a war, remember that first bit from Men in Black! Yeah, these insects might have even gone where no man has gone before.
They Can Eat Anything
By anything, we mean absolutely every organic matter you could think of. They can eat dead insects, soaps, cloth, paper, glue, hair and, how can we forget, human food.
We are not the only foodies on this planet. In fact, these creatures will never run out of food. And while they are cold-blooded like snakes and crocodiles, they cannot survive for more than 2 weeks without water and this is the leading cause of death among them.
They Can Hold Their Breath
Yes, you read that right. So, you can’t kill them by starving them to death and you can’t kill them by flushing them down the toilet either. The reason? They can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes in water. This is because they can breathe in air through holes present in their body. This gives them enough time to crawl to safety.
They can even exist without their head for a week. This leaves you with just one option to get rid of an infestation in your home – get yourself the best cockroach killer, whether a product or an extermination service, as soon as possible.