Cockroaches have earned themselves a reputation for being one of the most annoying creatures on the planet. Everyone is aware of the disgusting and disease spreading habits of the cockroaches. But not all of us know of some of the most abnormal traits and features cockroaches possess. Read below to know some interesting facts about cockroaches:
Facts about Cockroaches:
1. Cockroach Racing
Believe it or not! Cockroach racing is a very popular sport and a regular charity event in Australia. Held in Australia Day every year, this racing game is a well-known gambling activity. This has spread to many parts of the world over time. Their trait of being one of the fastest creatures in the world in regards to their body length has won them this feat. Cockroaches are known to run at a speed of up to 5 km/hour. This is a human equivalent of about 300 km/hour.
2. Cockroaches are present since Dinosaurs
Cockroaches were supposedly one of the first beings to inhabit our Planet Earth. Scientists and Historian with the help of fossil evidence have proved that the ancestors of cockroach might have originated more than 250 million years ago in Carboniferous Era. At about 3 to 4 inches long and 1.5 inches wide they were a dominant species. And also strongest predators among insects.
3. Cockroaches can hold their breath for 40 minutes
Cockroaches can brag about being the most robust yet versatile creature on the planet. Their well-developed respirational mechanism lets them survive without breathing for up to 40 minutes. Hence it makes easy for them to travel through water channels into our homes and apartments. This breath controlling technique of theirs makes DIY and home remedies for cockroaches ineffective.
4. Cockroaches Farming in China
Yes, you heard it right!! Cockroach Farming does exist in China and in fact, is a very big business in some provinces. The cockroaches after death are dried and used in traditional medicines in some of the Chinese cultures. Some cosmetic companies also use the dry powder of cockroaches as one of the ingredients. Cockroaches are a very cheap source of protein. The amount of cellulose found in their wings is quite a lot. Hence Millions of cockroaches are bred and raised in China to be eventually sold to Asian medicine companies. Apparently, the Return on Investment noted is about 7 to 8 times higher.
5. Cockroaches can live without their heads for weeks
If a cockroach while being chased or while in a trap loses its head, it will still manage to escape. The cockroaches are known to breathe through the holes in their bodies called spiracles. It only dies when it is unable to sense its predator and becomes vulnerable. Or they ultimately die of thirst and hunger. Like Humans, they don’t have a lot of blood flowing through their head and hence a headless cockroach can survive after beheading.
Hope you have learned enough facts about Cockroaches today. Cockroaches nevertheless are a threat to humans and if you do happen to spot one, it is wise to inform a professional Cockroach Control Service for getting rid of cockroaches immediately and effectively. Hicare’s technicians are quite qualified and well informed about cockroach and life cycle of cockroaches to ensure total eradication. They only use Chemicals certified by Central Insecticide Board of India to eliminate thoroughly the cockroach as well as the nymphs and eggs. Call 3988 9988 or check our Cockroach Control Service to know how to get rid of cockroaches effectively.