Are you familiar with the insect known as the cockroach? We’re guessing you probably have. But were you aware that it can live for almost a week without its head? Did you know that these pests are highly resistant to radiation and can survive underwater for over forty minutes? Cockroaches are fascinating insects. But there are some facts about cockroaches that are not only fascinating, but are also downright disturbing. It is important that we learn as much about these facts as possible because they can help us understand the threats that cockroaches pose when they find their way into our homes. Here are some other cockroach facts you may not know:
1. Cockroaches eat feces.
If you have a dog, you may have conditions in your yard that are attractive to cockroaches. Cockroaches will feed on feces left by animals, including the excrement left in our yards by our pets. And when they do, they can acquire parasitic worms and harmful bacteria and then deposit these illness-causing microorganisms in our kitchens and around our homes.
2. Cockroaches leave feces everywhere they go.
When cockroaches are invading your home, they will leave their excrement behind as they travel throughout your home. As they crawl around inside our homes, these pests can contaminate items such as our rugs, silverware, dishes, cutting boards, and even our stored foods with their fecal matter. This is one of the many ways they spread bacteria and parasites around.
3. Cockroaches are attracted to dirty places.
The microorganisms that can make us sick don't have much of an effect on cockroaches. That's why roaches can feed on the rotting carcasses of animal, crawl around in nasty dumpsters, climb into compost heaps, and explore the walls of sewage culverts and be no worse for wear! But their resistance to harmful bacteria makes them a mechanical vector for these harmful pathogens. This means they can pick up harmful bacteria and carry it right into our homes! Sometimes, they even pick up bacteria in one location of a home and deposit them in other areas of the home. For example, cockroaches can crawl around in our shower drains or our toilet seats and then climb onto our bathroom counters and even onto our toothbrushes to feed on the leftover toothpaste! It is gross to think about, but it does happen.
4. Cockroaches don't always stay inside a home.
When cockroaches get inside, they don't always stay inside. They may go in and out. So, even if you keep a very clean home, those roaches can still pick up harmful bacteria from outdoors and introduce it into your otherwise spotless home.
5. Cockroaches are linked to asthma.
Studies show that the presence of cockroaches in a home can increase asthmatic symptoms, especially homes found in urban centers; there is also a link between childhood asthma and the presence of roaches. This is because when their feces, shed skins, and saliva can trigger allergic reactions and asthmatic symptoms.
6. Cockroaches bite.
We don’t typically view cockroaches as biting pests, but while roaches don't prefer to bite humans, it does happen. Sometimes these bites happen by accident. When there is a lack of food sources available to them, cockroaches may be driven to find other food sources inside the home they’re invading. This usually occurs when dealing with larger infestations. When cockroaches nibble on the dead skin on our eyebrows or eyelashes, they can sometimes bite the skin of our eyelids. These bites usually become inflamed and swell up due to harmful bacteria being introduced into the bite wound by the cockroach itself.
7. Cockroaches can develop an immunity to insecticides.
When signs of a cockroach infestation appear, many people turn to insecticides as a solution. Unfortunately, this is often ineffective as cockroaches have the ability to develop a complete immunity to some insecticides when these products are applied improperly. This makes those cockroaches even more difficult to get rid of! And not only is this method usually ineffective at eliminating cockroaches, but it can also lead to chemical exposure for people living in a home, as cockroaches can carry the applied insecticides into other areas of the hole in the same way they distribute harmful bacteria, parasites, and pathogens.
8. Cockroaches sometimes drink the saliva of sleeping people.
This one isn't linked to a specific danger, at least not one we haven't already mentioned, but it is still important to know. Roaches have been observed drinking saliva from the mouths of sleeping people and are especially drawn to the milky breath of sleeping infants. This can lead to direct bacterial exposure. And it’s just plain disgusting!
If you're seeing cockroaches in your Tulsa home, keep these facts in mind. Those insects aren't harmless. In fact, their presence in your home can lead to many forms of illness and many other problems! At the first sign of cockroach infestation, reach out to us at Montgomery Exterminating for help dealing with those cockroaches quickly and effectively! No home is better off with cockroaches in it. That's a fact.