- Cockroaches are insects of the order Blattaria.
- There are about 4,000 to 5,000 species of cockroaches, 30 of which are considered pests by humans.
- Cockroaches can run up to 3 km/hr or 0.8 m/s.
- They recognize their family and relatives by their distinctive odors.
- They are nocturnal and omnivorous.
- They don’t easily drown and may last up to 30 minutes (or more) underwater.
- Most species live in the tropics (like the Philippines).
- They love glue. It might be their favorite food.
- They can survive decapitation. Even after separation, both the body and the head will still respond to stimulus and both the antenna and the legs might wiggle. However, the head’s movement will only last for a few hours while a body may last up to several weeks.
- Cockroaches can survive without food for a month, but will only last a week without water.
- Cockroaches have six hairy legs. The hairs provide them with a sense of touch.
- Some female cockroaches mate only once and become pregnant for the rest of their lives.
- Cockroaches can basically eat anything due to the presence of various bacteria and protozoa in their digestive system.
What Is the Best Way To Kill Cockroaches?
Cockroaches are known to be great survivors. One of the greatest myths about cockroaches is that they can survive a nuclear explosions. While untrue, this myth hints at the reputation cockroaches have gained for themselves as hard-to-kill insects, Still, this creature is 100% killable if you choose the right plan of attack.
The cockroach’s weak spot is its appetite. The trick is to get them to eat pesticide or insecticide. There are many “cockroach baits” on the market, but one of the best ways to naturally treat a cockroach infestation is with boric acid (or borax). This mineral is just as fatal to cockroaches as insecticides. Simply mix it with flour and spread it across your home for a natural solution to your cockroach problem.
Have Cockroaches Contributed to the Medical Field?
Cockroaches were historically ground up, boiled, and used as medicines that treated asthma, strokes, bronchitis, and problems with urinary retention. Some homeopathic doctors even make and drank boiled cockroach tea to treat various ailments.
There is no evidence that cockroaches can successfully treat these complaints, but there is no proof that they don’t, either. No significant studies have been performed, although one study discovered that cockroach brains might have antibiotic properties, which might lead to new treatments for bacterial infections. There are also a few books on the market that question whether cockroaches might someday play a part in the field of dermatology.
Can Cockroaches Play Dead?
Cockroaches can, indeed, play dead. Many have reported seeing cockroaches stay completely still (sometimes even roll onto their backs) until a human presence or threat has gone away. Once they detect the coast is clear, the cockroach will flip back onto its feet and scuttle away to safety.
Cockroaches are also known to be able to hold their breath for up to 40 minutes. This skill makes them extremely good actors when it comes to playing dead. In a Mythbusters experiment testing if a cockroach could drown, the sample cockroaches appeared dead after being submerged in water for 30 minutes. However, the next day, all of the supposedly “dead” cockroaches were alive.