● Cockroaches can leave an an offensive odour with their spit and urine.
● They generally feed on food leftovers (including pet and human food)
● Cockroaches can transmit disease-causing bacteria through their bodies.
● They carry many types of human pathogens, parasitic worms and bacteria.
● Cockroaches can also feed and survive on items like the glue found behind a stamp.
● To help them in mating and swarming, cockroach feces contain chemical trails that emit airborne pheromones. These pheromones help cockroaches track chemically-active trails to discover food in the hide-outs of other cockroaches.
● There are 4,500 species of cockroaches around the world, of which about 30 are found near human habitation.
● Cockroaches have been on this planet ever since the age of the dinosaurs.
● Cockroaches can stay hungry for about a month and thirsty for about a fortnight.
● Certain female cockroaches can remain impregnated for the entire life after mating.
● A headless cockroach can live for up to one week.
● Store all food in sealed containers only.
● Make use of dust-bins that have a tight lid.
● Keep your home, especially the kitchen, cleaned on a regular basis.
● Carry out any plumbing repair work without delay to prevent water leaks.
● Holes in walls around baseboards, in- between cabinets, pipes, doors and windows should be sealed using copper mesh, cement, silicone caulk or steel wool.