Why Are Roaches So Tough to Get Rid of?

According to popular legend, cockroaches are so tough they could survive a nuclear blast. While this isn’t true, they’re definitely difficult to eradicate from a home or business once an infestation takes hold. If you see one roach scurrying across your kitchen floor, it’s a safe bet that your home is harboring more of these pests. Call a pest control company right away, and continue reading for a look at what makes cockroaches so resilient.


Roaches reproduce at an incredible rate.

Female cockroaches are independent ladies. They can reproduce all by themselves—no males needed. The lifespan of an average cockroach is about a year. It’s possible for one female cockroach to produce six generations of offspring during that time. Bear in mind that, while that one female cockroach is busy producing more eggs, her young who have already hatched are also producing their own eggs. In very little time, what started out as one roach can turn into a formidably large colony.


Cockroaches have a tough exoskeleton.

Another reason why roaches are so tough to kill is their exoskeleton. It’s so tough that some scientists have been studying it to generate ideas for building better robots. A roach’s exoskeleton is made of many overlapping plates. These plates are hard enough to protect the roach, but flexible enough to let the roach squeeze into tight spaces. Scientists have discovered that a cockroach’s exoskeleton can let it withstand forces of up to 900 times its own body weight, and compression forces of 300 times that weight while squeezing through crevices.


Cockroaches can eat just about anything.

Cockroaches have lived on this planet for about 300 million years, and this is thanks in part to their dietary habits. They’ve evolved to live on just about anything. They are definitely partial to human food and pet food, but cockroaches can also eat soap, glue from postage stamps, cloth, dead insects, hair, and wood. This means it’s easy for them to survive in just about any environment.


Roaches may be tough to get rid of, but they’re no match for the team at Essential Pest Control in Tucson. Call (520) 886-3029 to request residential pest control services, including our Power Pest Program. Our technicians are courteous professionals who are committed to ensuring your complete satisfaction.

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