Getting to Know Household Pests: Facts about Cockroaches

Hand holding a cockroachYou probably did not know that some cockroaches glow—and we are not talking about a character in a science fiction novel or a Hollywood film. Luchihormetica Lukea, a rare cockroach species, has bioluminescent properties and glows with a yellowish light.

While veteran pest control services staff in Salt Lake City will argue that they are some of the most annoying creatures alive, they cannot deny that cockroaches are fascinating in so many ways. But that doesn’t mean you can let them infest your home. Greenside Pest Control shares more information about this animal species.

Long live the cockroach

You have probably heard that cockroaches can survive a few days even without a head. It would interest you to know these pests don’t have a definitive lifespan. More specifically, the expected lifespan depends on the species. If the more than four thousand species living in the world today, the America cockroach has the longest life cycle, which is rather unfortunate for American homeowners.

While the average German cockroach can survive in its final adult stage for about 200 days, and the Asian cockroach clocking at 160-180 days, the American counterpart enjoys anywhere from 362 to 700 days. Females live longer than males, and each mature female can produce as many as 240 offspring in the same year.

The speedster with a huge appetite

If cockroaches were human beings, they can reach top running speeds of 200 MPH. This might be because they have 18 knee joints distributed between six legs. Cockroaches are fast movers, and they feast on their favorite dishes as quickly and efficiently. They would eat virtually anything they can get their jaws on, including one of their own.

Yet, it is interesting to note that these insects can survive a long lean period—that is, they can survive up to a month without food. It’s no wonder they have been around since the time of the dinosaurs.

Cockroaches are pests, but they are also fascinating creatures, especially because they are tenacious and tough. But they don’t belong to your home. If you want to remove them, call a pest control team that knows how to eliminate them safely and effectively.