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Bug Facts

  • 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.
  • Roaches can flatten their bodies and crawl through a crack thinner than a dime.
  • Roaches will eat anything -- food, leather, hair, and the glue in book bindings.
  • Roaches can live off the toothpaste residue in your toothbrush.
  • Roaches can survive radiation up to 12 times greater than humans.
  • Roaches have been implicated in the spread of tuberculosis, leprosy, cholera, dysentery and typhoid.
  • Roaches are startled by the smallest of air movements 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.
  • Roaches are cannibals and take a particular liking to each other's excrement.
  • The actor Nicolas Cage ate a cockroach in the movie Vampire's Kiss, just for the shock value.
  • In extreme cases roaches will feed off people.
  • Cockroaches can transmit a wide variety of diseases and cause common allergic reactions previously thought to be caused by dust.
  • If you weighed all the ants in the world, the total weight is more than all the people put together.
  • There may be as many as 3,000 different kinds of insects -- more than all the other animal and plant species combined.
  • Locusts can eat their own weight in food in a day. A person eats his own body weight in about half a year.
  • The earliest fossil cockroach is about 280 million years old - 80 million years older than the first dinosaurs!




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