Cockroach Myths

Cockroach MythsNo homeowner or business wants to find cockroaches on their property. However, the idea that cockroaches only infest areas that are dirty is one of many myths about cockroaches. Let’s look at some of those myths – starting with that one.

Why Are There Cockroaches in My House?

Cockroaches can thrive in a variety of environments and can virtually always find food and water. Finding one on your property or in your home has nothing to do with cleanliness. Cockroaches are very resourceful so they can end up in even the most immaculate Long Island home.

Will Roaches Eat Anything?

Yes, they are true omnivores who will eat any kind of organic matter. They really like meat, starch, and sweets… but they will also eat paper and cardboard, hair, natural fabrics, and more.

Can Cockroaches Survive Without Food?

Cockroaches can survive without food for about a month because they are cold-blooded. However, they can only live a week without water.

Will Cold Air Kill Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are cold-blooded arthropods – so they cannot regulate their own body temperature like a mammal can. Instead, they live at the same temperature as their environment. Cold weather slows them down. Extreme temperature can kill them but that requires zero degrees Fahrenheit or colder.

Can Cockroaches Come Up Through the Toilet?

As disturbing as the idea is, yes, they can. Cockroaches do need to breathe, but they can hold their breath long enough to travel through pipes and drains.

Do Cockroaches Multiply When Squished?

This myth is based on the idea that stomping a roach releases its eggs. Some people even claim that the eggs can stick to your shoes from squashing it and be spread as you walk. The myth is wrong.

Cockroach eggs are stored in a hard case called an ootheca. The insects then attach the oothecas to various locations. They are not contained in their body after fertilization.

Did Cockroaches Exist Alongside Dinosaurs?

Cockroaches are incredibly old and used to be much larger than they are now – twice as big, in fact. They were a dominant species during the Carboniferous period, which occurred 350 million years ago. That age was also 112 million years before dinosaurs roamed the earth, so yes, they coexisted with dinosaurs.

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