Are you curious to know more about the invasive pests that are always unwelcome in your home? That’s right…we are talking about cockroaches. What makes these insects able to endure anything? What is the largest cockroach ever recorded? J.P. McHale Pest Management, Inc. is here to fill you in on some cockroach facts that probably won’t make you feel any better about seeing one in your home:
1. Cockroaches can live through almost anything. Have you ever heard the myth that cockroaches can live without their heads? Unfortunately, that is true –– they can live up to weeks without their heads due to the fact that they breathe through openings in their body, not just their noses and mouths.
2. Cockroaches breed quickly. A female German cockroach, which is one of the most popular species found in the US, can carry up to 40 eggs at a time. The eggs only require three weeks of incubation, which means a female German cockroach can give birth to 700 baby roaches over the span of a year.
3. Cockroaches aren’t picky about what they eat. Cockroaches will pretty much eat anything they can find, including waste, dead trees, cheese, meat, sweets, baked goods, cardboard, book bindings and more. They are nocturnal and usually feed at night.
4. The heaviest cockroach in the world weighs a full ounce. The heaviest cockroach in the world is called the rhinoceros cockroach and can weigh up to a full ounce. It lives for more than 10 years, but you’ll be happy to know that it is native to Australia and lives underground.
5. Cockroaches are very fast. Cockroaches are considered one of the fastest-running insects on the planet and can move at a rate of 50 body lengths per second, which is equal to a person running 210 miles per hour.
6. Cockroaches can fit through small crevices. Large American cockroaches can fit through holes as thick as a quarter, and German cockroaches can squeeze through holes as narrow as a dime.
7. Cockroaches can easily make you sick. Because they pick up germs and bacteria in garbage cans, bathrooms and sewers, they can easily contaminate areas of your home with salmonella, parasitic worms and E. coli. They have also been known to trigger allergies and asthma in some individuals.
Reach Out to the NY, NJ & CT Cockroach Control Experts at J.P. McHale Pest Management, Inc.
Suspect a cockroach infestation in your property? Schedule an appointment with one of the exterminators at J.P. McHale Pest Management, Inc. by calling (800) 479-2284. We would be happy to give you a free estimate for our cockroach extermination services.