The favorite food of the cockroach
is actually the glue on envelopes,
the glue bindings at the backs of
books and the glue on the back of
-A cockroach can hold it's breath
for up to 40 minutes.
-Some female cockroaches mate once
and are pregnant for the rest of
-Cockroaches rest for approximately
75% of each day.
-Young cockroaches only need a crack
about 0.5mm wide to crawl into your
-Adult males can squeeze into
a space of 1.6mm.
-Cockroach can live for up to a
month, without its head.
Most species come from tropical
countries and therefore need to be
kept at a minimum of 25 degrees
centigrade to survive.
The world's largest roach (in South
America) is six inches long with a
Male cockroaches transfer sperm to
females in a package called a
spermatophore. Some males cover the
package in a protein-rich wrapping
that the female can eat to obtain
nutrients to raise her young.
Female cockroaches however prefer
their males at the bottom of the
social pecking order while the
dominant males try and stop them
from having their way. But when
females do mate with low-ranking
cockroaches, they produce fewer sons
in an effort to avoid passing on his
lower level genes.
Cockroaches can run up to 3km/hr
There are estimated to be 4,000 -
5,000 species of cockroaches in the
world. Of these, only 25 to 30 are
considered pests. The rest remain a
part of the Earth's fauna, such as
the Giant Burrowing Cockroach which
are clean, slow moving, and are
sometimes kept as pets.
The German Cockroach - In Germany it
is sometimes called "Die russische
Schabe" or "The Russian Roach". In
Russia it is called the Polish
Roach. In America it was called the
Crotton Bug because it came to NY
about the time the Crotton Aqueduct
The American Cockroach is thought to
have originated in North Africa The
most likely scenario is that it
reached the Americas during the
early slave trade.
I've also heard that they are
sometimes called "water bugs" in the
U.S. although I have no idea why.
Mind you, the word cockroach as a
name isn't exactly apparent either.
The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach is
a large, wingless cockroach from
Madagascar. Males ram into each
other with their horns and/or they
push each other with their abdomens.
Larger males usually win.
The winners of these encounters
usually hiss more than the losers.
The hisses of males also contain
information about the size of the
male hissing and may be used to
assess the opponent's size.
Ever wondered what the supposed
purpose of having cockroaches on the
planet at all is? Well try this
handy example of a coackroaches
Crushed cockroaches can be applied
to a stinging wound to help relieve
Scientifically speaking cockroaches
are known as Blattodea, but
personally I'd like to see them all