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Interesting Facts About Cockroaches


Admittedly, nobody loves a cockroach. They look very creepy and they do not contribute anything but more money for health care providers because of the diseases they spread. You know, things like cholera, dysentery, diarrhea, allergies, and food poisoning. Despite this, there are some very cool facts about cockroaches you may want to learn about. 

Understanding Cockroaches

After all, the more you understand them, the better you will be able to fight them off. If you are residing in Denver, North Carolina, you may notice that the weather is favorable to various pests, especially cockroaches. Should you suspect a cockroach infestation in your home, seek help from pest control experts in Denver, NC, the Lake Norman Home Services Company. Here are some cool and amazing facts you may or may not want to know about these pesky pests:

  • Cockroaches you see around homes are just the tip of the iceberg so to speak. There are more than 4,000 species of them worldwide. In the United States, the most common are the American, German, Oriental, and brown-banded cockroaches.
  • Cockroaches are food to some cultures. They may be disgusting, but to some countries, they provide nourishment. No, they do not just pick out the household pests; they have farms where they breed cockroaches. China, Thailand, and Mexico are some of the countries that do this. Cockroaches are prepared fried, grilled, sauteed, or boiled.
  • Cockroaches have been around since the dinosaur era. Cockroaches have roamed the earth for 350 million years now. Credit this to their hardiness and adaptability.
  • Cockroaches can survive one month without food and water. This is enough time for them to actually get some food and some water. And they can survive on anything, including the glue found on the back of postage stamps.
  • There were stories about a postal office employee having been found with cockroach larvae in her tongue which eventually came out as adult cockroaches after a doctor sliced her tongue to check. This happened after a day of licking envelopes and postage stamps and having a cut on her tongue in the process. This was eventually proven as a hoax.
  • A cockroach’s lifespan is one year but can live for one week with its head cut off. They do not need their heads to breathe, and instead, use the small holes in each of their segments to do so. The reason they do die is that, without their mouths, the cannot eat and drink.
  • Cockroaches eat anything.  Human and animal wastes, feces, spoiled food, fresh foods, rotting carcasses, glue, and even their fellow cockroaches. They are immune to the effects of bacteria and viruses and instead, spread them around.
  • A cockroach can hold its breath for 40 minutes.

If these facts start to creep you out, and you are looking for ways to get rid of roaches, just call the cockroach control experts in Denver, NC. Only call the best there is: Lake Norman Home Services Company. Lake Norman Home Services has a team of highly trained professionals using state-of-the-art equipment, so you can say goodbye to these pests.