Did You Know ?
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.