Jul 28, 2011

Interesting Facts about Roaches That Will Make You Look Really Smart

So what do you do when you’re in a social situation and need some conversation fodder? Let’s say you’re at a party and need something to spark up the energy. Try some interesting facts about roaches … there are plenty.

This post includes some of the coolest facts about roaches and some gross ones too. 

What’s that White Stuff? 
It’s blood. Cockroach blood is white. If a cockroach were to get a cut, it would ooze white. Cool, huh?

How Large?
The largest cockroach is 6 inches long and flaunts a 1-foot wingspan. Yes, that’s a 1-foot wingspan.

Uninvited Guests
Cockroaches don’t just invade our homes, they invade the homes of other insects. Some species of small cockroaches make their homes in ant nests.

More Species than Mosquitoes!
There are 2,500 different species of mosquitoes in the world. Cockroaches are double that at 5,000 different species worldwide. Most of them live in the tropics and sport some eye-catching colors: often bright green, yellow or red in color.

Cockroaches live all over the world, from the North Pole to the South. In the most extreme of cold temperatures, they survive by taking refuge in humans’ homes.

They Smell With Feelers and Touch with Hairs
The feelers on cockroaches are their noses, which they use to detect the scent of food sources. The tiny hairs on their legs enable them to feel, giving them a sense of touch.
And their sense of touch is profound. They have one large nerve connecting their tail to their heads, making it next to impossible to sneak up on one.

Longest Pregnancies Ever
Some female cockroaches mate only once, but are pregnant for the rest of their life.

40 Minutes Without Air and 30 Days without Food
Roaches are able to hold their breath for 40 minutes and live without food for 30 days. But like humans, they need water. Roaches can live only 1 week without water.
Unlike humans, they breathe through their sides and not their nose. They use this smelling sense to identify family and friends. Their distinctive odors are like recognizable faces.

Skeleton on the Outside They Outgrow!
Roaches carry their skeletons on their outsides, like a shield of armor. As they mature, they outgrow them. They usually shed their armor several times a year. If you see a white cockroach, it has just freshly ditched its latest skin.
In about eight hours it will regain its color, going from black eyes with a white body to its regular color.