Cockroaches are one of the most difficult pests to deal with. They display very unique behaviors and survival tactics that help them thrive in almost any environment. Not only are they hard to eliminate, but they are also known to spread diseases, trigger allergies, and worsen asthma symptoms. So why are they so difficult to control?
Cockroaches are one of the most adaptable pests on Earth. They can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes, live up to a week without a head, and can even live up to a month without food and two weeks without water. They can also withstand compression forces of 300 times their body weight, and some species can even survive in freezing temperatures.
Since cockroaches are so small in size, they can easily hide in small cracks and crevices. Male cockroaches can even fit in an opening as small as 1/16 inch in width. They also have an exoskeleton that is made up of overlapping plates and a stretchy membrane, giving them protection.
Even though cockroaches are very small, they are still extremely fast. They can run up to three miles per hour, even as tiny newborns!
Female cockroaches can produce as many as 30,000 cockroaches a year. Females also pass their resistance to insecticides to their offspring when they are born, making them immune as well.