I have successfully battled the roaches and
won at one of my rental properties. But I had to bomb
the house three times with roach bombs, and had the
house fogged by a professional exterminator twice. This
was quite a nightmare.
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All American pest roaches--like most
American humans--were immigrants.
their skeletons on the outside of their bodies.
What if you skinned your knee and white blood
came out? If you're a cockroach, no big deal.
Cockroaches bleed white blood.
Roach mouths work
sideways. Try it sometime.
Roaches use their
feelers as noses.
The world's largest roach is
six inches long with a one-foot wingspan.
world's largest roach lives in South America.
Some roaches are tiny and live in ant nests.
Tropical cockroaches are often brightly colored
green, yellow, red.
If you were to collect one
of every species of cockroach found in the world, you'd
need a lot of jars to put them in. There are some 5,000
species of cockroaches worldwide.
of cockroaches live in the tropics.
have six hairy legs. The tiny hairs found on each leg
give them their sense of touch.
at least 18 knees!!!
Many cockroaches can fly
and have beautiful diaphanous--or see-through--wings.
Tinkerbell would be jealous.
look like a bunch of writhing snakes. (Yak!)
Pregnant for life? It doesn't sound like much
fun, but some female cockroaches mate once and are
pregnant for the rest of their lives.
live all over the world, including the North and South
Poles. In extremely cold places, however, they survive
by moving in with humans.
No food for a
month--not even a crumb? Roaches can go without eating
for a month but will only live a week without water.
It's hard to sneak up on a roach. They have one
great big nerve connecting their tails to their heads,
alerting them to danger from behind.
have faster reflexes than humans--even faster than
Roaches can swim and hold
their breath for 40 minutes. But they breathe through
their sides--not their noses--which makes it tough to
come up for air.
Do you run away when your big
brother takes off his smelly tennis shoes? Not roaches.
They recognize family and friends by their distinctive
You outgrow your clothes; roaches outgrow
their skeletons. As roaches grow, they shed their
external skeletons several times a year.
it's not an albino. If you see a white cockroach, it has
just shed its skin.
A cockroach that has just
shed its skin is white with black eyes. (Just call it
Casper the Cockroach.) After eight hours, however, it
will regain its regular shell coloring.
cockroaches are speedy little creatures. They can run up
to three miles in an hour.
Ever wonder how
cockroaches climb walls? They are equipped with a set of
little claws on their feet designed for that very
Male cockroaches weigh less than female
cockroaches, and males can fly and flee faster.
Pest cockroaches are native to western Asia and
Cockroaches were carried all
over the world in wooden ship. They were the sailors and
stowaways of the insect world. Sir Francis Drake once
captured a ship which was overrun with millions of
The H.M.S. "Bounty" was so infested
with cockroaches that Captain William Bligh, a British
admiral known for his mean temper, disinfected the
entire ship with boiling water.
your gourmet dinner? Maybe not as a main dish, but they
have been used in sauces, condiments and as appetizers.
Don't complain next time you have to swallow
cough syrup. You could be taking a dose of cockroaches
instead! Processed cockroaches have been used to cure
illnesses and physical disorders for centuries.
More cockroach tea, anyone? Brewed from
cockroaches, this tea has been used to treat dropsy--a
kind of sickness or inflammation.
Next time you
have trouble going pee, and your urinary tract just
doesn't want to go with the flow, why not try dried and
powdered Oriental cockroaches? They are said to make a
Eat too much pizza? Cotton
candy? Thanksgiving dinner? Some people eat cockroaches
fried in oil and garlic as a cure for indigestion.
If you're ever stung by a sting ray, remember to
mash up a mess of cockroaches to apply as a poultice to
The cockroach was once a guest of
honor in European homes, and it was customary to release
them in new dwellings.
Some people develop
allergies to cockroaches, including skin rashes and
respiratory problems, such as a condition similar to
A cockroach family tree would be mighty
big and long! Cockroaches are thought to have originated
during the Carboniferous era, which ended 280 million
years ago. They have been abundant ever since and are
some of the most primitive winged insects.
food moves through a cockroach's gut in 48 hours.
A vampire's dream: blood that sloshes around
freely in a body.
Roaches' blood does just that.
They have no blood vessels to speak of. (Though
cockroaches are probably too small for your average
vampire to bother with.)
A cockroach heart is
nothing but a simple tube with valves. The tube can pump
blood backwards and forwards in the insect. The heart
can even stop moving without harming the roach.
Female roaches produce an odor, called
pheromone, that attracts males and drives them wild.
When a male cockroach is interested in a female,
he gives her a wrapped gift and takes her out to
dinner--well, sort of. Males transfer sperm to females
in a nice, "gift wrapped" package called a
spermatophore. Some males cover the package in a
protein-rich wrapping that she can eat (yum!) to obtain
nutrients to raise her young.
Horseman? Er... Horseroach? For a while anyway. A
cockroach can live a week without its head. It only dies
because without a mouth, it can't drink water.
Cockroaches are supreme couch potatoes. They
spend 75 percent of their time resting.
you tell if a cockroach is resting or trying to remember
what it came into the room for? Resting roaches point
their antennae up and forward, and at about a 60 degree
angle from one another.
Cockroaches can crawl
into some astonishingly small spaces. Young roaches need
only a crevice .5 mm wide--or a space as thin as a dime.
Adult males can squeeze into a space of 1.6 mm--or the
size of a quarter. Pregnant females need the most space
of all to hide: 4.5 mm or a space as wide as two stacked
Some female roaches incubate their egg
cases in their bodies until they are ready to hatch.
These babies stay with their mothers a day or two after
they are born.
Picture a cockroach in a winter
parka and mittens. Pest cockroaches can withstand
freezing temperature of 32 degrees but will die if the
temperature goes much below that. They're better off if
they have a chance to become "used" to the cold.
C is for the carapace that shields your tender
O is for the Orkin man, who never stood a
C is for you're creepy looks - they're really
K is is for your Kraft-cheese food,
shunned by even ants
R reminds us of your style
O masters of the garbage pile!
A is Aeons you
have reigned upon this island earth
C is for that
"crunch" you make when stepped upon with mirth
stands for your history - a surer victor cannot be!
Be very, very careful. No one
wins a confrontation with a skunk.
They do not
have many friends. Never saw a skunk walking with
Compare this picture closely
with the roaches and skunk in the picture above. See any
resemblance? If you will overlay both pictures of the
skunk and the roaches, you will see Bin Laden very
To control this pest, just step
on it like you do a roach. But please, please, do not
try this with the skunk. That is a real bad