6 Things You Thought You Knew About Cockroaches

6 things you thought you knew about cockroaches

Cockroaches. Is there anything creepier? Everyone dreads the sight of these hardy little insects in our homes and places of work, but how much do you really know about them?

Interesting Facts About Cockroaches

Cockroaches are the subject of many urban legends and old wives' tales.

Read on to check your cockroach knowledge - and if you see cockroaches in your home or business don't panic. Just call the pros at Dave's Quality Pest Control for a free quote and get rid of cockroaches for good.

1 - Cockroaches Can Survive a Nuclear Disaster

This is a myth, one which began after the bombing in Hiroshima where cockroaches were found alive in the ruins. Scientists have determined that cockroaches can survive much higher levels of radiation than humans can, but nowhere near the levels involved in a nuclear bomb or power plant disaster. 

2 - Cockroaches Live to be 100 Years Old

This myth is way off - the cockroach lifespan ranges from a few months to a few years. Even a five-year-old roach would be a stretch, let alone a centenarian!

3 - Cockroaches are Gross but Harmless

This is also a myth, as cockroaches can make you sick and damage your home and belongings. Cockroaches, big and small, can transmit disease from human to human and across some species.

They can also trigger allergies and asthma, leading to serious breathing and skin problems for those affected.

4 - Cockroaches can fly

This is only a partial myth, since cockroaches have wings which they can use to glide during a fall or jump and direct themselves with.

You won't catch a cockroach lifting off, though. It's much more efficient for them to run places - with speeds on foot equivalent to humans running 200 miles per hour, who need to fly?

5 - Cockroaches are a Sign of a Dirty Home

Cockroaches are associated with dirt and filth, but this myth tricks many good housekeepers into thinking they aren't at risk.

A messy home does provide more crumbs and easy access to foods for cockroaches, but roaches will eat just about anything so even a spotless home is a potential infestation site.

Cockroaches can travel through the tiniest cracks and spaces, and will often migrate in from adjoining properties or from apartment to apartment. Sealing these entry points, as well as keeping a tidy home, are keys to successful cockroach prevention.

6 - Cockroaches are Prehistoric Beasts

This is actually true, cockroaches roamed the earth with the dinosaurs. Considering the harsh conditions and global changes they have endured, it's no wonder these pests are so difficult to kill.

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