Cockroaches are one of the most unusual creatures on this earth. While you should not want them around in the home, there are various interesting facts about them and their history. Here are ten mind-boggling things that you might not have known about cockroaches.
1. Cockroaches Can Eat Almost Anything
From human food to pet food, from dead insects to feces, anything can be food to cockroaches, though they love sugar the most.
2. Cockroaches Can Live for Weeks Without Food
Like reptiles and snakes, cockroaches are cold-blooded creatures. Cold-blooded animals can keep their metabolism low and not eat for a long period of time.
3. Cockroaches Can Be Kept as Pets
Some people from around the world love cockroaches as pets, like the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, due to the minimal care and lack of odor.
4. One Species of Cockroach Can Jump
The Leaproach was first discovered in South Africa in 2009, with a body built like a grasshopper, which gives them the ability to jump in tall grass.
5. Only Three Species of Cockroach Enter Homes for Food
Of the 5000 different species of cockroach, only the American, Oriental and German cockroaches are considered pests you need to worry about.
6. Cockroaches Intentionally Leave Chemicals in Their Feces
Cockroaches leave these chemicals for other cockroaches to detect, usually because they have found an abundant source of food or to create a swarm.
7. Baby Cockroaches Can Be Microscopic
Baby cockroaches are known to be as large as a grain of salt, but they can also move just as fast as a fully-grown cockroach.
8. The American Cockroach Is A Fan of Beer
This species of cockroach is drawn to beer primarily due to the sugars found in alcoholic beverages.
9. Cockroaches Can Survive Atomic Explosions
While you may have heard about how cockroaches can survive almost anything, we aren’t even joking. Atomic bombs throughout history have not once stopped cockroaches in Chernobyl, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
10. Cockroaches Have Been Around For 280 Million Years
Cockroaches have existed longer than dinosaurs and are sure to outlast humans as well.
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