Cockroaches: The Truths and Myths About Them

449px Cockroach closeup 224x300 Cockroaches: The Truths and Myths About ThemMost people would agree that cockroaches are the creepiest of the creepy crawlers. You catch sight of them out of the corner of your eye as they go scurrying off somewhere. Finding a roach in your kitchen sends you on a cleaning spree that means pulling everything out of cupboards and off the counters. There is a lot of information out there about these critters, some of it true but some of it myth.

TRUTHS

Headless Wonders
It is true that a cockroach can live without its head. They can live up to a week without their heads because they have an open circulatory system and can breathe through holes in each segment of their body. However, without a mouth they cannot drink water and eventually die of thirst.

Not A Drowning Victim
Cockroaches can hold their breath for as long as 40 minutes. If you try to drown them, they can be held underwater and survive for up to half an hour. Holding their breath for long periods of time allows roaches to regulate their water loss, so they have developed the ability to hold their breathe for long periods.

Basics
Cockroaches have been around for a long time. It is believed that cockroaches first appeared in the Carboniferous Period, which makes their species more than 280 million years old. There are a little over 4,000 varieties of roaches worldwide. The two most common types are the German and American cockroaches.

MYTHS

Cockroaches Live Only in Dirty Houses
Most people believe that roaches only live in dirty houses. Colonies of roaches can be found in the walls of even clean homes. However, the colonies of cockroaches are typically larger in dirty homes, because they find more bountiful food supplies in dirty homes.

Party All Night Long
Many believe that cockroaches are active all night long. While they are nocturnal animals, roaches are only active for about 4 hours each night, although, these creepy houseguests can be seen at other times of the day and night.

Lights Out!
Cockroaches prefer the dark; however, they are not actually afraid of the light. The reason they scurry when the lights come on is that the light means that humans have arrived on the scene.

UNDECIDED

Nuclear Cockroaches
You have heard it many times. Cockroaches are going to be the only survivors of a nuclear war or that after testing of nuclear weapons that the only survivors were roaches. Some scientists believe that they will survive, while others argue that they will not survive.

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