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Cockroaches: Facts vs. Myths

 In Blog, Cockroaches, Pest Prevention

Learn about the facts and myths of cockroaches in Apopka and Orlando FL - Heron Home & OutdoorCan cockroaches really survive a nuclear bomb? Do they actually predate dinosaurs? When it comes to cockroaches, there are a lot of myths surrounding them due to misinformation spread throughout the years. One thing’s for sure: Having cockroaches inside your home is downright frustrating, gross, and something that no one wants to deal with. With cockroach infestations common during the fall in Florida, it’s important to know the facts about these dreaded pests.

Common Cockroach Myths

We’ve all heard that cockroaches can survive a nuclear war, but is that true? In reality, no, cockroaches would not survive a nuclear war. They can, however, withstand 10 times the radiation that a person can. Another common tidbit told about cockroaches is that they can survive without their heads, which is true to a degree! A cockroach can live for about a week without its head but will eventually die of dehydration. Long story short: cockroaches are some of the most adaptable creatures on Earth and are thus one of the harder pests to deal with.

FAQs About Cockroaches

Unfortunately, many of the more frightening things you hear about cockroaches are completely true! We’ve answered five of the most common questions and concerns about roaches:

  1. Do cockroaches cause allergies?
    • Yes! Roach droppings, skin, and saliva are all known to release particles that can trigger allergic reactions in some people.
  2. How long do cockroaches live?
    • Despite what many people believe, cockroaches typically live anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.
  3. How long do cockroaches survive without food?
    • Roaches can survive for up to a month without ingesting any food, but will typically die without water within a week!
  4. Do cockroaches reproduce quickly?
    • Yes. They have a quick reproduction cycle and female roaches can produce 200–300 offspring within a year.
  5. Do cockroaches bite?
    • Although it’s very rare and only in circumstances when their food supply is short, cockroaches are indeed capable of biting.

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

The best way to avoid dealing with a cockroach infestation is learning how to prevent one in the first place. As soon as you see a cockroach in your property, it’s important to call a professional pest control company such as Heron Home & Outdoor. Fact or fiction aside, cockroaches are difficult to get rid of and can spread quickly without the help of a pest control expert!

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