Everyone is familiar with cockroaches. If you’ve ever had the displeasure of turning on a kitchen light in the middle of the night, only to see them all scurry, it’s not something you’ll soon forget. But there are some important facts we should all appreciate about them. Here are five.
Cockroaches and Asthma
About 50 years ago science confirmed that people can be allergic to cockroaches. When these pests die and decompose, the remnants of which can become airborne and inhaled. In some, this triggers and allergic response that leads to asthma. Sadly, the amount of children with asthma has been on the rise in recent years and many scientists believe it’s due to more kids playing inside where these allergens exist. Unlike some allergic responses, however, the asthma lasts year round and it typically takes a doctor can diagnose it.
Despite their name, German cockroaches are common in homes all over the world. One reason is no doubt because of how fast they multiply. German cockroaches only live for about six months. But in that time, a female can produce eggs six to eight times. This can add up to thousands of German cockroaches in your home in just a few months.
Cockroaches might not have high IQs, but they’re extremely advanced creatures — being around since the dinosaurs will do that. They have extremely complicated social structures, on par with ants, that allow them to work together in the search for sustenance. Their memories are also so good they can form Pavlovian responses, which helps them predict when food will be available.
Of course, cockroaches don’t need to multiply constantly in order to be everywhere at once. That’s because cockroaches are extremely fast—clocking in at about two miles an hour. If they were the size of a cheetah, they’d be nearly as fast. Given their speed, you’ll never stomp them all out.
Cockroaches Eat Anything
If you’re trying to starve your cockroach infestation out, you’ll be in for a very long campaign. Yes, most of them like sweets, but they’re far from picky. Cockroaches have been known to eat grease, glue, wallpaper, soap, book bindings, leather and even hair. Not only can they eat just about anything, they can eat nothing for as long as six weeks at a time. They can even go without water for two weeks.
Hopefully this information helps you appreciate how formidable an opponent cockroaches can be. That’s why the moment you notice them in your home you need to call an exterminator before they begin to multiply.