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15 Fascinating Facts on Cockroaches

Find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about cockroaches... 

The idea of cockroaches may make your skin crawl, but there’s no denying that there’s something fascinating about these resilient insects that never fails to pique interest.

If you follow Monitor Pest Control on Facebook or Twitter, you may be familiar with our #FunFactFriday posts, which are focused around amazing facts relating to various common pests. These posts are always popular, but the pest that generates the most interest by far is the cockroach.

If you’re fascinated by cockroaches here are 15 cockroach facts: 

  1. There are more than 4,000 species of cockroaches worldwide, including the most common species, the German cockroach.
  2. A cockroach can live for a week without its head. Cockroaches are not dependent on their mouth or head to breath, instead they breathe through holes in their body segments and will finally die due to dehydration.
  3. Cockroaches are fast – cockroaches detect threats by changes in air currents and once all six legs are in motion, a cockroach can sprint at speeds of 80 centimetres per second, or about 1.7 miles per hour.
  4. Cockroaches are prehistoric – if you went back to the Jurassic period, you’d find cockroaches living among the dinosaurs. 
  5. Adult German cockroach can survive for anywhere between 100 and 200 days depending on the environment.
  6. A one-day old baby cockroach can run as fast as its parents
  7. Cockroaches don’t swim, but they can hold their breath for long periods of time and can survive being submerged in water for half an hour.
  8. Cockroaches are omnivorous and feed on a variety of foods, both of plant and animal origin.
  9. Cockroaches are known to bite humans and cockroach bites can cause nasty skin irritations.
  10. Cockroaches can survive a long time without food - some species can last as long as six weeks without a meal.
  11. Cockroaches could survive a nuclear explosion – this isn’t quite true, but they can survive 10 times the level of radiation that a human can.
  12. Cockroaches can be social – a large number of cockroach species are gregarious and small numbers even exhibit parental care.  
  13. German cockroaches breed continually, with a female capable of producing up to 400 eggs.
  14. The German cockroach reproduces faster than any other residential cockroach, growing from egg to reproductive adult in 50-60 days.
  15. Cockroaches are resilient to many pest control measures and have adapted a resistance to some chemical pesticides.

Cockroach Pest Control in Kent, London and the South East  

Monitor Pest Control operate in Kent, London and the South East and are highly experienced in providing cockroach pest control services to businesses, including food production and catering companies, the education sector, office and industrial buildings and community housing schemes.  Our cockroach treatments will eliminate cockroach infestations quickly and efficiently and our cockroach control and prevention services will protect your business from cockroach infestations in the future.

For a quote, or to find out more about our cockroach pest control services and cockroach treatments, please get in touch using the contact form or call Monitor Pest Control on: 01474 358855, one of our cockroach pest control experts will be happy to help.

 

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