History of Roaches
Roaches are an ancient bug dating back to around 320 million years ago. Clear fossil remains of roaches have been found with dinosaurs. These super-survivors encompasses almost all of the insect features that best ensure survival. Their hard exterior body can withstand up to 300 times their own weight to protect them from damage. They can hide in the tiniest cracks and crevices because they are tough and flexible. They’ve adapted to live in nearly any type of climate. Roaches will eat anything to survive, including eating their own feces, vomit, and each other.
Why are they so Hard to Get Rid Of?
You may not know you have roaches until they’ve already bred into a large colony. If you see roaches during daylight, it means that the colony is so large that some are being forced to search for food and water during times when fewer roaches are active.
Female cockroaches can reproduce and make more females without even needing a male. In fact some roach colonies are made up of entirely females. Most types of female roaches carry their eggs with them, providing valuable protection to their young which most other insects do not offer. This further ensures the survival of their species.
Roaches reproduce very quickly. Each egg can contain as many as 48 baby roaches. Then in less than two months, those baby roaches have reached maturity and will be able to reproduce. This means just a few roaches can rapidly turn into an infestation.
How Roaches Survive
One of the most unbelievable facts about roaches is that they can live up to a week WITHOUT HEADs. Yes, with the head removed, a roach can still breathe through several other body parts and can even breed until they eventually dehydrate because they can’t drink water. Roaches can also go with out food for 18 days.
German roaches have become particularly immune to common pesticides, making them the most difficult type of roach to get rid of. Unfortunately for us, roaches carry many types of bacteria that can make us sick and we want to keep them out of our home.
Swift Pest Control Services can help with all roach issues.