Cockroaches have inhabited the earth for more than 250 million years.
The average roach-infested household contains more than 20,000 roaches.
Roaches can live up to 20 days without food and 14 days without water.
They can flatten their bodies and crawl through a crack thinner than a dime.
They will eat anything – food, leather, hair and the glue in bookbinding.
They can live off the toothpaste residue in your toothbrush.
They can survive radiation up to 12 times greater than humans.
Roaches have been implicated in the spread of tuberculosis, leprosy, cholera, dysentery, staph and typhoid.
Roaches are startled by the smallest of air movement and can run for cover in less than .05 seconds.
There are over 3,000 kinds of cockroaches, including the devastating Asian Roach, which has migrated to this country.
They are cannibals and take a particular liking to each other’s excrement.
They feed on decaying organic matter and will eat starch materials.
In extreme cases, roaches will feed off people.
The actor, Nichols Cage, ate a cockroach in the movie “Vampire’s Kiss” just for the shock value.
Cockroaches can transmit a wide variety of diseases and cause common allergic reactions previously thought to be caused by dust.
The American cockroach is called the Bombay Canary in England. This is the largest of the house infesting roaches, and the most common roach on ships.
Sailors have been known to wear gloves when sleeping. This would prevent the cockroaches from eating their nails.
Cockroaches have been found in the snow and under smoldering refuse.
The American cockroach is sometimes called the “Palmetto Bug.”
A Los Angeles bar manager relates an interesting account of finding hundreds of dead roaches crammed in half-empty beer bottles that had been discarded in his cellar.