|American Cockroach- Purdue.edu|
I will start with the good news. Although there are 4,500 species worldwide in the Blattaria family, only 30 species are found around human habitation and only 4 of these are considered pests. One of these is proudly named the American Cockroach. There, don't you feel better about roaches already?
|Cockroach In Amber- Wikimedia|
They are incredibly hearty. They can go without food for a month while still running around your garage. Their food habits are omnivorous- they can even digest the glue on postage stamps. This may be dated as I would like to see them peel the modern stamps off the paper. If they can do it the USPS promises they are "forever".
The popular story that they will inherit the earth after a global nuclear war has some basis in fact. Radiation affects dividing cells and the cockroach cells only divide when they are molting, which occurs roughly once a week at most in juvenile roaches. That means that most would not be affected by the initial radiation blast. If they could hunker down in a nice moist sealed basement, which they do anyway, they might avoid radiation for some time.
So what is not to love? They eat our food, smell, and transport microbes from filthy places into our living spaces. They also have a gift for running across the floor when your mother is visiting your basement college apartment.
So if you were patient, here is the video on How dirty roaches get clean.
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