Cockroach on wood block

When most people see a cockroach in their home, they don’t need to be convinced to call an exterminator. Cockroaches are repulsive and hard to get rid of on your own, after all. But here are five facts that show that cockroaches are even creepier and stranger than we thought.

Cockroaches are fast

The average walking pace for a person is 2.5 to 4 mph, but roaches can run at speeds of 3 miles per hour and won’t hesitate to run at you in an act of self-defense. Because cockroaches often feel threatened by humans, they will typically only run or fly at you to create an opening for their escape. It’s best to avoid coming in contact with cockroaches for another reason. They’re known or suspected carriers of the bacteria that cause dysentery, typhoid fever, Salmonellosis, cholera and other illnesses.

They’re Extremely Tough

Think you can just smash a cockroach with a rolled-up newspaper and be done with it? Think again. Cockroaches’ exoskeletons are exceptionally durable. They can withstand force equivalent to 900 times their own body weight. If you’ve discovered a cockroach infestation in your residence, don’t attempt to exterminate the roaches individually. Effectively eliminating a cockroach infestation is nearly impossible without help from a professional exterminator.

Killing a Cockroach Attracts More Cockroaches

Cockroaches are attracted to certain scents, and what catches their attention the most? The smell of another dead roach. A dead roach produces a smell called the “death stench,” and this scent often attracts curious nestmates. Cockroaches are known to be social creatures, so when a dead roach is discovered, they tend to investigate and relay information to the colony that they may be in danger. After alerting the colony, they may even begin feeding on the carcass of the deceased. 

A Cockroach Can Live for Weeks Without a Head

Just when you thought cockroaches couldn’t get any creepier, it turns out a cockroach is perfectly capable of surviving for multiple weeks while headless. Because these pests breathe through a system of tubes that filters air in and out of the sides of the body, a head is only needed to consume food and water. While a cockroach can’t fully restore its head, the way that it can grow back its limbs, it can survive for a few weeks until it dies of hunger or thirst.

A Cockroach Can Survive for More Than Half an Hour Without Air

A cockroach is able to hold its breath for 40 to 45 minutes, making any plans to suffocate these creepy crawlies a non-starter. 

Professional Cockroach Exterminators

If you’re dealing with a cockroach infestation, don’t hesitate to hire professional exterminators. The experts at Pest Defense Solutions are proud to serve customers with quick and reliable cockroach removal so you don’t have to deal with a problem like this all on your own. After extermination, you can count on Pest Defense Solutions to keep them from returning. Contact us today for a free quote!

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