10 Interesting Facts About Roaches

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Facts About Roaches

Cockroaches are incredibly strange, but talented creatures. They can be a nuisance in the home, so Triangle Pest Control proudly offers pest control in Durham in case you need help eradicating them! But first, let's learn a little bit more about them. This list of 10 interesting facts about cockroaches will teach you what makes them so unique!

  1. They are thigmotropic, which means that they like to be touched, hence the reason they like to squeeze into small cracks and crevices.
  2. Roaches can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes, and can even survive being immersed in water for roughly 30 minutes.
  3. Cockroaches bleed white blood, the next time you squash a roach you will notice!
  4. There are more than 4,000 species of cockroaches worldwide, including 30 species that like to live in our homes. Check out our guide to the common types of cockroaches in NC!
  5. Roaches rest for 18 hours a day, with them being nocturnal this makes a sensible sleep cycle.
  6. They are fast! Roaches can run up to 80 centimeters per second, and can change directions 25 times per second.
  7. Roaches chew sideways and they will eat nearly anything including book bindings, glue, and even feces.
  8. The American cockroach loves to drink alcoholic beverages, specifically beer and sugary mixed drinks.
  9. Cockroaches can live for 1 week without a head. They breathe through small holes in each of their body segments so they do not depend on the head to breathe. However, without the ability to drink water they will die of dehydration.
  10. Cockroaches originated in the Carboniferous era over 280 million years ago.

For more facts like these, check out PestWorld's post! For advice on how to rid your home of these pests check out our “6-Step Guide to Getting Rid of Roaches” If it’s time to bring in the professionals to exterminate those roaches give Triangle Pest Control a call today for your free inspection! We offer a variety of packages to keep your Durham home pest-free and our same day service guarantee will ensure that these pests are sprinting 80 centimeters per second right out of your front door!   

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