Cockroaches are one of the most common household pests and can be found in different varieties not just across the country, but across the globe. There is no doubt that seeing these bothersome critters in your home is enough to give the willies already. However, there are many facts about cockroaches that you may not know which will have you jumping for the phone to get in touch with a professional pest control service. Here are a few down and dirty facts about cockroaches that are sure to make your skin crawl.
1. An adult cockroach can live for a full week or longer after it has been decapitated. They actually breathe through their porous bodies and without their head can continue to take in oxygen. So if you are in the process of trying to handle one of these pests on your own, make sure when you kill the thing it is actually dead. Otherwise, you could have an eerie issue with headless cockroaches roaming through your home.
2. The average adult cockroach can travel as much as three miles in just one hour, in spite of its small size, according to FindFast.org . This is one reason cockroaches can usually get away from you when you are after them. Unfortunately, even the smallest babies can run almost as fast.
3. Cockroaches have an acute sense of smell that you would be surprised to know about. This physical trait gives them an incredible advantage when they are seeking out food in a clean home, which by the way will not keep you from having roaches. It is a well-known fact that roaches can live off of everything from human hair to postage-stamp glue.
4. If you think you are allergic to chocolate, there is a good chance you are actually allergic to cockroaches and there is nothing about the actual chocolate that your body does not like. According to ABC News, the average chocolate bar can contain 8 insect parts, if you go by the guidelines set forth by the FDA, and it would still be legal.
If you have an issue with cockroaches in your home, make sure you contact a pest control service (such as Choice Pest Control) as soon as possible for help and advice. It is highly unlikely that you can eliminate this issue on your own and may end up with a major infestation in just a matter of months.