PUBLISHED ON April 1st, 2011
Most people find cockroaches disgusting without having to know much about them. However, there are a number of facts about these common household pests that may make your skin crawl and stomach churn. Here are the top five most disgusting facts about cockroaches.
The American cockroach, sometimes called the ‘water bug,’ has been documented feeding on toenails, eyelashes, eyebrows, and hair of sleeping children. If that’s not a reason to practice preventive pest control methods, we don’t know what is.
These pests, like all insects, breathe through a system of tubes called tracheae, which are attached to the insect’s spiracles. These spiracles are independent of the mouth and windpipe, so the cockroach can breathe just fine without either.
In some cultures, cockroaches are praised for their nutritional value. The Greeks and Egyptians used ground or boiled cockroaches for medicinal purposes, and even some New Orleans cultures used boiled cockroach tea as a medicinal remedy.
Unless you’re a pest control professional, you’re going to have a tough time getting rid of a cockroach infestation. Certain species of cockroaches can go without air for 45 minutes, can remain active for a month without food, can sustain themselves on the glue from a postage stamp, can survive being submerged in water for half an hour, and can withstand radiation up to 15 times the lethal dose for humans.
Disease is another reason to practice preventive pest control methods for cockroaches. Cockroaches can carry 33 kinds of bacteria, six different types of parasitic worms and seven known pathogens. They can also cause allergic reactions such as asthma. For the health of you and your family, call a professional pest control company at the first sign of a roach infestation.