This is the Cockroach That You Will Be Seeing This Summer

This is the Cockroach That You Will Be Seeing This Summer

One reason cockroaches are so common is because they are likely the most resilient insects on earth.  They are capable of adapting at super-fast rates.  They have been known to make themselves immune to pesticides by changing their internal chemistry within a couple of generations.  If you have ever seen a cockroach, and you most certainly have, it was most likely The German Cockroach that you had the displeasure of encountering.

It has been said that cockroaches are capable of surviving nuclear fallout.  Although this seems unlikely, it may very well be the case, as the show Mythbusters exposed Cockroaches to high levels of radiation and they just kept on kicking.  How could this be?  Well, one hypothesis states that Cockroaches are simple creatures that have fewer genes than humans and therefore are less likely to develop mutations.  Cellular division occurs at a much slower rate in these nasty critters, which allows them to repair damage to their genes.  This gene repair is another reason why radiation does not affect them like it does us.

And to confirm another myth as true, cockroaches can indeed continue to live after they have been decapitated.  This is because cockroaches don’t just breath out of their head, but also through other mechanisms on their body called spiracles.  There is indeed much more to say on these guys, but I don’t want to give you nightmares.

How often do you spot cockroaches in your home? What do you do to get rid of them?



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