Cockroaches pop up everywhere. They typically live in dark, dank places, but you can also spot the occasional pest scurrying across a sidewalk while you’re out on a walk late at night. Controlling roaches can be quite an endeavor, since certain species have adapted to survival within our society.
Know thy enemy
The more you know about a pest, the better equipped you will be at controlling them. Controlling roaches is no different. By studying them, you can adapt as well, and become more efficient at destroying them. To help you out, we’ve compiled 7 facts you probably didn’t know about cockroaches.
- Fact #1: Although there are a few thousand species of cockroaches in the world, only a small handful of them — around 25 — have adapted to our society. Okay, so maybe this won’t help you with controlling roaches, per se, but it’s good to know that the situation could be a lot worse.
- Fact #2: If you’ve ever switched on a light and seen a roach scurry across the floor, you’ve probably noticed how fast they are. Cockroaches can run more than 3 mph, so you can forget about chasing them down one by one.
- Fact #3: Roaches don’t work alone. It is rare that your home will have some kind of rogue, loner cockroach. If you find one, you probably have more. If not, it’s possible that the insect has laid eggs somewhere, which you’ll probably figure out soon enough.
- Fact #4: Cockroaches like to stay together. When looking for food or shelter, they will often band together to forage for sustenance or find a place to call home, if even for one night. When they venture out separately and are able to locate something they needed, a roach will produce an odor that attracts his or her brethren.
- Fact #5: Like most insects, roaches need to eat and drink in order to survive. Actually, eating and reproducing are pretty much their two primary goals. More importantly, though, a cockroach can only survive for approximately one week without water. Which means that one way to keep them away from your home is to remove water sources.
- Fact #6: A female cockroach is only inseminated once in her lifetime. She holds onto the male’s sperm and is able to reproduce pretty much any time she wants. This is why it is important to get rid of every single cockroach in your home, since just one female can create more pests.
- Fact #7: We all know that cockroaches are in search of food at any given time. What you might not realize, however, is that a roach can eat virtually anything it wants, whether it’s paper, glue, or actual food.
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