SQUASHING SURPRISING COCKROACH MYTHS

Roaches are known to be associated with anything dirty, messy, the causing culprits of health problems and possibly the most infamous to lead to complete annihilation. Death by force. Being the most annoying household pests, there sure are a few myths about these critters that are worth mentioning.

MYTH: COCKROACHES ONLY INFECT DIRTY HOMES

By keeping your home and living area tidy, free of clutter and clearing all left-over crumbs on countertops and floors, you are preventing them from finding easier access into your personal space. Although this is not a guarantee to keep them at bay for good, it does help to prevent them from seeking food, water and shelter where they are not wanted. They contain identifiable olfactory receptors on their antennas, which makes it extremely responsive to changes in the concentration of odors. Food sources are easy to sniff out, even when the supply is low. Other reserves include dust, rotten foods, paper products, animal excrements, poisonous plants and even their fellow dead companions. These garbage gobblers will find any sustenance of value to them, anywhere. Because of their unlimited choice on their menu, they find ways into your home which is easily accessible, no matter how much you clean and tidy.

 

MYTH: COCKROACHES CAN SURVIVE A NUCLEAR BLAST

It is true that these hard headed (bodies included) resilient creeps can withstand up to ten times more radiation than humans and can even survive longer periods of time after being exposed. However, after certain scientific tests were performed, it was found that even though they are resilient enough to survive way beyond their limit, the cockroaches were eventually defeated after more severe radiation.

However, interesting enough, the tests that were done, calculated to the survival of the cockroach as a bigger picture. Tests to see if the cockroaches were able to produce viable eggs prior to dying, in order to carry on with that cockroach generation, was not completed. If it was and the outcome lead to the survival of that specie, then they would potentially outlive a nuclear blast, so to speak.

MYTH: ALL COCKROACHES ARE PESTS

There are more or less 30 cockroach species out of over 4600 that are associated with human habits, such as home invasions and the increased the risk of health issues. The most common ones you will se in your home are German-, American-, and Oriental cockroaches. Where it is a common fact that we want to kill these little destructions, other countries actually keep them as pets!

MYTH: COCKROACHES CAN SURVIVE MONTHS WITHOUT THEIR HEADS

It is a fact that cockroaches can survive without their heads. They have an open circulatory system where they do not need a mouth and head to rely on their breathing. They lack the blood vessels in their heads and neck, opposite to humans and breathe through their body segments instead. They will however succumb after a week of being without food and water. Head or no head.

Afterall, once our heads roll, we cannot survive, including the headless cockroach that held on for a week.

MYTH: ALL COCKROACHES FLY

Fight or flight mode?

Well, some just need to fight instead, because flying is not possible. This is well known in the Oriental cockroach. They do have wings; however, they cannot utilize them, due to the bodies proportion in relation to the size of the wings. Not all roaches have the capacity to fly. Some nymphs might be able to fly as adults only, but it all depends on the proportion of the wings at the time.

MYTH: BIGGER COCKROACHES ARE BIGGER PROBLEMS, WHILE SMALL ONES ARE LESS OF A PROBLEM:

This all depends on if a cockroach is a pest or not. The size of the cockroach is not a factor. In fact, German cockroaches are the smaller out of the three mentioned above. The amount of damage these little destroyers cause can be anything between light, moderate and severe. A small critter can cause a very large problem.

All the above mentioned may very well be myths, but the fact remains that cockroaches can cause major damage and destruction to your home. Any signs and wonders regarding the cockroach specie and how to get rid of them, call Sidney’s Best Pest Control on 1300 760 045 for assistance in your pest issue. Our trained and highly skilled technicians will see to all your pest control needs.

Further reading material:

What is a pest

German cockroach burst in Sydney

German cockroaches 101

Fun facts

Cockroaches – What’s the difference?