10 Things You Never Wanted to Know About Roaches

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Cockroaches are one of the most hated creatures
on the planet, and disgust and horrify us despite being a vital part of the overall
ecological cycle. Regardless, most people would not want their
houses infested with them, and like to spend as little time around them or their filth
as possible. Unfortunately, since they are an important
part of the food chain and here to stay, we have to know about them, and over the years
much myth has built up about them, and many new facts have been discovered. In today’s article, we will go over 10 shocking
and disgusting facts you never wanted to know about cockroaches. 10. Roaches Can Survive For About A Week Without
Their Heads In Place Most people are creeped out by cockroaches,
but they can get far worse than you can even imagine. In most fantasy novels, even some of the nastiest
monsters are over and done with as soon as you get a good, clean decapitation. However, if you take the head off a cockroach,
it can keep running around and grossing you out for quite some time — although it cannot
do much else. The reason for this is the unique way a cockroach’s
body works, which allows it to not need a head for silly things like breathing. The cockroach can actually breathe though
the segments in its body, so it can survive pretty much indefinitely on the air front. It also doesn’t have to worry about bleeding
out because it has an open circulatory system. However, this does not mean the cockroach
can survive forever. It cannot eat or drink without a head, and
thus will only last for about a week or so before it runs out of water stores. During this time, all it can really do is
hide in a dark corner and wait to die, unable to eat, drink or even scream in its tiny cockroach
voice. 9. A Girl From Oklahoma Collects And Breeds Giant
Cockroaches… For Fun A young girl from Oklahoma was on TV a few
years back on a show that showcased people’s most bizarre obsessions, hobbies, or habits. In this case, the girl was seriously into
collecting cockroaches and keeping them as pets. She started off with just a few males, so
they couldn’t breed, but eventually did get some females and started breeding them. Now, in the videos these cockroaches look
absolutely gigantic, and that is because they are, but these are not normal cockroaches. Apparently the cockroaches she collects are
Madagascar hissing cockroaches, which can get up to three inches long, and like to be
petted. She sometimes keeps them in egg cartons, or
glass cages lined with vaseline. Her parents are held hostage by these horrible
creatures, and seem to put up with it because their daughter loves the things, but only
just barely put up with it. They keep a bearded dragon to get any who
may escape, but that is probably not that much comfort to the parents, or of those who
fear the thought of all of those cockroaches escaping, breeding out of control, and creating
a three inch cockroach-fest all over the country. 8. Cockroaches Are Resistant To Radiation, But
Probably Not As Much As You Think One of the most persistent beliefs about nuclear
apocalypses is that the only things that would survive would be cockroaches and Twinkies. However, both of these beliefs are quite mistaken. For starters, Twinkies really only have a
shelf life of a few weeks at best, as they actually do use mostly fresh, real ingredients
even if they might seem artificial in taste and texture, and cockroaches are not nearly
as resistant to radiation as you might think. The Mythbusters once tested out the idea about
cockroaches surviving radiation, and found that while the cockroach did do about 10 times
better than humans, its resistance was still not strong enough to protect it if it was
relatively close to a blast. In actuality, a lot of insects do better than
us at dealing with radiation, but cockroaches are not really that close to the best at it. Some relatively common beetles, as well as
some of the nastiest and most dangerous wasp species, can resist radiation notably better
than the cockroach. Of course what this means is that in general,
there probably would be a decent amount of insects surviving after an apocalypse, and
you might even see a huge surge in wasp populations worldwide. 7. Some Cockroach Species, Even In America, Can
Actually Fly, Or At Least Glide Most people hate cockroaches enough just scurrying
quickly across the ground, but a lot of people hate them even more when they can fly. Now, some of you are probably taken aback
and horrified at the thought of flying cockroaches, and that’s because you are lucky enough
to have not had to deal with them. The truth, however, is that many cockroach
species can fly, even in the United States. On top of that, some species of cockroaches
that are not particularly strong flyers still actually glide a decent amount of the time
to get down from high places, and could accidentally land on your head or shoulders. Now, while this may be cold comfort to some,
most cockroaches never bother to fly even if they are capable, because they find their
incredible speed on the ground to be more than fast enough to get away, and it also
attracts less unwanted attention from flying predators. The truth is that in flight they are kind
of ungainly, but on the ground they have been clocked as fast as 59 inches per second, and
the children can be almost as fast as the full grown parents. 6. Cockroaches Can Hold Their Breath For 5 to
7 Minutes Many wild sources on the internet claim that
cockroaches can hold their breath for an incredible, and horrifying, 40 minutes. Now, this is actually absolute codswallop. A cockroach can only hold their breath for
about five to seven minutes long, although this is actually still quite horrifying for
a creature of its size, now that we come to think of it. As you are probably now imagining, any time
you tried to flush a cockroach down a pipe with water and thought you had the problem
solved, that was really just a temporary sendoff — that cockroach will almost certainly survive
and be right back. And of course this is the biggest use cockroaches
seem to have for their breath-holding capabilities, which is to come into your house using water
sources as a channel to get from one place to another. However, cockroaches have also been observed
holding their breath when it is not necessary at all — or in other words, when they are
not surrounded by water. It was also observed that roaches tended to
hold their breath more in drier environments, which led to the conclusion that they were
likely holding their breath in order to conserve water. As far as we can tell, the theory holds up,
as roaches seem to use less of their water stores while holding their breath. 5. Roaches Are Attracted To Your Alcoholic Drinks,
Including Your Beer, Not Just Cocktails Of course roaches are attracted to sugar,
just like ants and many other insects, and will come out and take a look at your food
— although they are also attracted to pretty much any food in general. However, it seems for some reason that they
are actually more attracted to beer than they are your cocktails. Exterminators are not exactly sure why this
is, they believe it must be some combination of the sugar, the hops and the fermentation
that particularly attracts them — or maybe like many creatures they like to get drunk. Regardless, many people have used this to
their advantage, as they have found beer is an incredibly reliable way to get the attention
of cockroaches. For this reason, people will trap them with
glass jars with some beer in the bottom, usually lined with something like vaseline so they
cannot get back out again, and drown in the beer they are guzzling. Of course, for some hard drinkers out there,
that doesn’t sound like such a bad way to die. 4. Cockroaches Can Be A Major Trigger For People
With Allergies Or Asthma One thing many wonder while Googling about
these nasty creatures is whether cockroaches being a huge problem for allergy sufferers
is a myth, or a fact. And, unfortunately, it is indeed a fact that
cockroaches can be a huge trigger for anyone with allergies or asthma. Cockroaches spread disease, but they also
leave droppings and a lot of molted casings and other such bits in their wake. These can get in the air, or over time help
create more and worse dust, and be a big contributor to people who suffer from respiratory issues. If you live in a house your best bet is just
to keep things really clean, and get roaches out fast if you have any enter. If you live in an apartment, sometimes they
will come by your house because the neighbors have a problem, but again, being clean and
tidy is your best defense. If you have people in your home who suffer
from allergies or asthma, regularly vacuuming and dusting, and proper cleaning in general,
will keep them safe not just from cockroaches, but from any other allergen triggers that
might make their lives miserable. 3. Adult Cockroaches Can Survive For About A
Month Without Any Food As we mentioned earlier, a cockroach can survive
without a head for about a week. And the reason it can only survive for about
a week is because it can only survive for so long without food and water. Most scientists put a cockroach’s best bet
at surviving without water to be about seven or maybe 10 days if they hold their breath,
start out well-hydrated, are in a moist environment, and really conserve air and water. However, what if our hypothetical headless
cockroach could somehow remain hydrated? How long would he have to survive just sitting,
waiting to die without food? Well, according to entomologists who have
extensively studied roaches, under ideal conditions, a cockroach could probably survive for about
a month without any food at all. Now, cockroach egg laying cycles are about
30 days, so a group of cockroaches that was really starved for food, but was already inside
your walls, could potentially last long enough to lay yet another brood, even if you leave
out nothing for them that they can use as an easy and ready source of food. 2. Sometimes Cockroaches Decide That Your Ear
Is a Really Good Place To Hunker Down One of the most horrifying things that can
happen to anyone is getting a bug stuck inside your ear. Unfortunately, this is actually a relatively
common occurrence, with another story seeming to pop up in the news every month or so. In some cases, the cockroach gets stuck and
dies, and in other cases it manages to actually lay eggs in the ear before dying and being
extracted from the poor person who has to deal with this nightmare. Now, some may be wondering why cockroaches
like our ears so much. Are they just dumb? In reality, the truth is a lot more scientific. For starters, roaches like warm, damp, humid
places that they can crawl into for a safe place to hide, and the ear of a quietly sleeping,
unmoving human actually fits all of that criteria quite nicely. On top of that, the cockroaches are attracted
to volatile fatty acids, which appear in some fermented foods, but can also be released
by the waxy buildup in your ears. In other words, the cockroach may not just
be going into your ear because it thinks it will be a good place to hide for a time, but
because it is looking to make a delicious banquet of the golden waxy substance inside
your ears. 1. Cockroaches Will Eat Literally Anything — Cleanliness
Will Not Necessarily Save You While many people fear bedbugs because they
know the things just want to eat human and other mammal blood, they tend to be a little
less afraid of cockroaches. They believe that if they keep everything
properly clean and spotless, there will be no reason for the beastly creatures to ever
come anywhere near them, and certainly no way for them to truly infest the place. However, the truth is that cockroaches will
feed on almost anything you can imagine, as long as it had once been organic matter in
some form. To make matters worse, any decay can attract
them, and what they consider food could be many different random things that you wouldn’t
imagine any creature would want to eat. Which brings us to our final point. There is a good reason to hate and fear roaches
much more now, as they can add a hideous new member to their awful, awful, family. It turns out that after recent discovery and
much deliberation, the Entomological Association of America has come out with a statement explaining
that termites — those eaters of the wood that makes up much of your house — are actually
relatives of our disgusting friend the cockroach.

100 thoughts on “10 Things You Never Wanted to Know About Roaches

  1. Roaches eat the glue that hold cardboard boxes together. I once worked at a restaurant that refused to have any boxes in the place. We had to take everything out of the cardboard boxes and put it away as soon as it got there and throw the boxes away before they even entered the restaurant.

  2. Texan here. BS that they don’t like to fly!!! I’ve seen tons flying around outside and into my garage. Yes, I had a heart attack. I hate these nasty beast

  3. Interesting but disgusting. However, when I was younger I had a teacher that had the hissing cockroaches and they were pretty neat.

  4. It is true , my dad had a roach in South America burrow into his ear . There was no doctor near, my mom had to pull it out with tweezers or something & it resisted by digging into his ear canal.

  5. Headless flies can clean their legs, fly when touched from behind (often in a spiral towards the ceiling) and cling to whatever they encounter during that flight.

  6. 2 kinds that fly here in Louisiana: Asian Cockroach and American Cockroach. Ugh this video was hard to watch lol snakes, spiders, beetles and most little critters don't bother me but I'll scream like a little #[email protected]%& if a roach comes near me 😳😳😳😳😳

  7. I grew up in MO & in the midwest our flying roaches always fly in pairs. I learned this when I had one of a pair get stuck in my hair. I got rid of the first one & then had to track down & deal with the second one.

  8. I hate roaches. We accidentally moved into a roach infested home. That was awful. I would rather live in my car than a roach infested home again.

    We moved 6 1/2 years ago no problems since! They are THE nastiest creatures and so incredibly gross.

  9. "Important part of the food chain"
    Let's be real here, a lot of people wouldn't complain if the eco system got turned upside down a few times from the extinction of cockroaches, mosquitoes… jews etc.

  10. Raid doesn't want you to know this, but boric acid will get rid of them. I moved to Florida and the home I rented was infested with roaches, even the flying ones. I put boric acid in the corners and under countertops, within 1 month, I had no bugs whatsoever. They never came back.

  11. Ah yes, 59 in/s, certainly something most people have a frame of reference for. It's about 3.3 miles per hour for those wondering, so you can outrun a cockroach…

  12. For 7 months I lived in a house that was infested with roaches. I'd wake up with squashed roaches in the bed with me. They don't bother me anymore.

  13. Maybe it's because I never lived in an infested house, but I quite like cockroaches. I think they've quite cute, actually. I breed my own dubia roaches in my bedroom to keep a supply to feed my lizards, and I work in an exotic pet store so have to work with them there, so I can definitely say that they're by far the best insects I've had to deal with. They don't smell at all when kept correctly, they're silent, and they'll happily live on kitchen scraps. With the exception of the invasive house-dwelling species, roaches definitely don't deserve the bad reputation they get.

  14. There are about 3500 species of cockroaches in the world and fewer than 1% of them are capable of becoming a pest in people’s homes. Some are actually quite beautiful. Def some of the most fascinating insects for sure.

  15. Here in Japan cockroaches are everywhere in the Summer. If you're out on a Summer night and you hear something flutter by you in the dark it was probably a cockroach…

  16. beer: totally easy……any fermentation proses needs sugar for the yeast to feed on. not all sugars are involved with the fermentation, so the roaches will be attracted to the residual sugars and the carbohydrates from the grains.

  17. #10….wow…can you site your sources please?!?!?!?!?!? this is a pretty bold statement. you need to back that up, bucko!!!

  18. "Hide. In a. dark corner""
    Simon, how do you propose it can tell light from dark without a head?
    Curious minds would like to know…..

  19. I’ve seen those cockroaches from Madagascar, the hissing ones, at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. I ABHOR, and are absolutely TERRIFIED of, of cockroaches but these were interesting as long as they are in their tanks with LIDS on them! LOL! I’ve also seen a few “gliding” roaches when I was a kid due to construction on our street at the time. They are even MORE terrifying when they land as they make a “thump” sound! EWWWW!

  20. Thanks a million Mr Whistler. Great to know these facts when there is little we can do about them, especially the one about the human ears.
    That's just great.

  21. So the other night my wife and I were eating dinner, she mentioned she accidentally killed a butterfly so I said to her, "you can't have any butter" to which she said "well I also killed a cockroach" 🍆😏

  22. How to deter them, you can keep a sterile house and yet there in your house, what frequency can use to deter them?

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