Most of us have seen cockroaches at least once in our lives. These tenacious insects willingly settle in our homes, but getting rid of such a neighborhood is not so easy. Fast breeding cockroaches can be a real disaster for a single apartment, and the only really working way to deal with them is to keep the house clean. However, this all applies only to “home” cockroaches, and in nature they live a huge variety of varieties.
14 interesting facts about cockroaches
- Currently, there are more than 4,600 different types of cockroaches in the world.
- The closest relatives of cockroaches from a biological point of view are termites.
- The fossilized remains of the first cockroaches indicate that these creatures lived half a billion years ago. Along with crocodiles, they are one of the most ancient inhabitants of the Earth, practically unchanged over the course of countless years
- Some species of cockroaches can fly.
- The largest cockroach in the world is the rhino cockroach that lives in Australia. He lives up to ten years, and in length reaches 8-9 centimeters.
- Madagascar cockroaches are popular as pets among insect lovers.
- This type of game like cockroach racing, has been known since the 19th century.
- There is a myth that cockroaches can survive even in the event of a nuclear war. However, this is only a myth. However, cockroaches are indeed about 13 times less sensitive to radiation than humans.
- Around the beginning of the 21st century, cockroaches in human dwellings began to become less and less, The reason for this is still not clear.
- Cockroaches release gases about every quarter an hour.
- A cockroach turned on its back is not able to flip itself over.
- Ordinary “urban” cockroaches can live without food for up to a month, and without water for a week.
- A headless cockroach can live for several more weeks.
- Cockroaches breathe all the cells of the body, as they have no lungs, like other insects.