10 filthy facts about cockroaches

Are you one of those who have the “out of sight, out of mind” approach towards cockroaches, only worrying about them when show their creepy faces? If yes, then these below mentioned cringe-worthy facts might change your approach and motivate you to take steps eliminate these stomach-churning bugs from the house – once and for all.

They’re ridiculously resilient

Like, the most resilient things you could ever come across. The modern cockroach has existed for more than 200 million years, which means that they have outlived dinosaurs, survived the ice age and protected themselves from nuclear radiation experiments. So, it's safe to say that cockroaches are not ones to go down without a fight.

No head? No worries

Talking about not going down without a fight, were you aware that a cockroach can live for a week or more without its head? Cockroaches breathe with the help of tiny holes located in each body part called spiracles. So, as much as you would like to believe otherwise, getting rid of their head is not going to do squat to get rid of them.

They’re bacteria bandits

Cockroaches can carry up to 33 different types of bacteria, including salmonella and E.coli, both of which can make us sick. They can even carry the polio virus. Roaches tend to spread these nasty diseases by vomiting and defecating on our food and close to our homes.

They’re faster than you think

Cockroaches are among the fastest of all land creatures, with legs that can catapult themselves to an astounding 80 centimetres per second. This only makes them impossible to get hold of, but also means that they are spreading germs inside your house at an alarmingly rapid and far-reaching rate.

Cockroaches are reproductive machines

Female cockroaches only need to be impregnated once to lay eggs for their entire lifetime. A female German cockroach can give birth to up to 300 offspring. So, if you catch a cockroach that has lost its way from the nest, keep in mind that there are plenty more where it came from – literally thousands!

Stink bugs

Yes, cockroaches can give out unpleasant odours. While the stench gets more potent as the number of cockroaches increases, it's challenging to detect a cockroach nest simply by locating the region of the musty smell.

Night crawlers

Cockroaches are nocturnal by nature, so if you catch one roaming in your house during the day, there are chances that it was forced out of the nest due to overcrowding, which in turn suggests that you may have a roach infestation on your hands.

Sneaky scavengers

Cockroaches enjoy eating it all, from meat to bread, sugar to alcohol, decaying garbage, sewage, and even toothpaste. This is why they find solace in our kitchens, where they have easy access to food spills, open packaged goods, crumbs, and scraps in pet food bowls.

Fierce endurance

Regardless of their scavenging ways, the shocking truth about cockroaches is that they can live without food for a month or more. So, even though your kitchen is spick-and-span, roaches may still be roaming around. What they definitely can't live without, however, is water and will die if kept away from h30 for a week.

Water babies

Were you aware of the fact that cockroaches can hold their breath or go without air for 45 minutes, and they can also survive being submerged underwater for a painstaking 30 minutes? So trying to drown a cockroach is not going to leave you with any results.

Now that we know precisely how tough cockroaches are, it's pretty obvious that trying to tackle them one at a time when you notice them is a frustrating and futile pursuit. Instead, opting for a solution that banishes all the lurking cockroaches will prove to be a far more successful approach.

So, from the house of Mortein, we give you Mortein Instant Power Aerosol as a certified roach buster.

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