Fascinating facts about the Australian cockroach

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Fascinating facts about the Australian cockroach

 Australian Cockroach Facts

There are over 4000 different species of cockroaches in the world. Only 40 of these are considered to be pests while the rest of the have been found to be beneficial in their natural habitats.

One of the many species is the Australian cockroach which is a common tropical cockroach. Despite its name the Australian cockroach can be found in several locations in the world and actually originated in Africa. It prefers warmer climates but can survive indoors in colder climates. Moist conditions are preferable, but they can survive in dry conditions when there is water available.

Cockroaches are one of the most resilient, fastest and strongest creatures on earth. They can be quite repulsive but there are many fascinating facts about them that we might not know.

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 Australian Cockroach Facts

Growth Spurt

Australian cockroaches have been recorded as growing to 5 centimeters. It’s funny when you come across a specimen like that. The largest cockroach recorded is the Central American Giant Cave Cockroach which is 10 centimeters.
 Australian Cockroach Facts

Cockroaches experience loneliness

Cockroaches are social and prefer to be with others. If left alone they can suffer ill-health and experience loneliness.
 Australian Cockroach Facts

Cockroaches control

It is now possible to see the world through a cockroach’s perspective after Chinese students found a way to control cockroaches with brain-to-brain technology in 2015.

They certainly are fascinating specimen with all of their surviving abilities and fascinating weirdness.

 Australian Cockroach Facts

Cockroach predator

Not only humans try to eradicate the cockroach, the parasitic wasp is the cockroach’s natural predator. They will feed on cockroaches as well as lay their eggs inside them. The female wasp stings the cockroach, lays an egg on its abdomen, and once hatched, the hungry larva feeds on the cockroach.
 Australian Cockroach Facts

Cockroach survivalist

Although cockroaches are able to survive up to 40 times more radiation than humans, they will definitely die in a nuclear war.

Speed racers

From the moment they are born cockroaches are able to move as fast as the adult cockroach.

Interestingly enough although they have six legs, they are capable of running with only two legs.

They are able to run 50 times their body length in a second. That’s faster than any mammal currently living on earth.

Facts about cockroaches

Cockroach bite

Although cockroaches bite, they very rarely bite humans. The most common biting cockroaches are the American and the Australian cockroach.

Heard but not seen

Cockroaches are able to hear with their legs, this is done by the hairs on the legs picking up the sound as a wave.

Space travelers

It has been found by scientists that cockroaches conceived in space turn out to be stronger, faster and bigger than those on earth.
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Cockroach feces

Cockroach faeces can be a sign of a cockroach infestation. Once you know what to look for, they are quite easy to spot. They resemble a tiny speck of dust or a very fine ground of coffee.

If you suspect you have a cockroach infestation contact us at Sydney’s Best Pest Control to assist you with solving your cockroach problem.

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