While doing some research on climate change, I read an article about certain species of plants and animals that will most likely survive climate change. In surviving climate change, or any disaster for that matter, the key is the ability to adjust in the new conditions. Many animals and plants are now extinct because they could not adapt to extreme changes in their environment.
One of those that will most likely survive climate change is the pesky cockroach, the nightmare of homeowners and enemy of pest exterminators. The cockroach is a master of survival. This insect is estimated to be at least 200 million years old. There are cockroach fossils as far back as 350 million years which means they are older than some of the dinosaurs.
Talking about the resilience of cockroaches, did you know that it can survive headless for several weeks? This is because a cockroach breathes through small holes in its body segments and has an open circulatory system. Since it doesn’t need its head to breathe, it can survive without it for a short time. In case of a nuclear explosion, cockroaches are most likely survive than humans. They can withstand 10 times more radiation than a person.
A cockroach can also live almost a month without food. However, they will die in a week if they do not have access to water. When flushing them out your homes, don’t try to drown them. Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes.
Wonder why in spite of insecticide sprays, the creeping insect still roam in your homes? That’s because some female cockroaches only mate once and stay pregnant for life. That ensures the survival of their kind. You can’t outrun them too. Cockroaches can run up to 3 miles an hour.
Cockroaches are despised because of health and safety reasons. The insect is known to cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma attacks, especially in children. They also spread nearly 33 kinds of bacteria including E. coli and Salmonella. They are carriers of various diseases because they are commonly found near waste deposits or in the kitchen, where food is present. Cockroaches also emit unpleasant odors.
Did you know that not all cockroaches are bad? Of the thousands of species of cockroaches in the world, only about one percent, or about 30, are considered pests. Others are actually beneficial to the environment because they act as recyclers of decaying organic material. Some of the “bad” cockroaches species are the American, German, Oriental and brown-banded species.
Believe it or not, some cockroaches are eaten in many places around the world. According to Wikipedia, they are eaten in Mexico and Thailand. The heads and legs are removed, and the remainders are boiled, sauted, grilled, dried or diced. In China, cockroaches have become popular as medicine and cockroach farming is rising. The cockroaches are fried twice in hot oil, which makes them crispy with soft innards that are like cottage cheese. Fried cockroaches are ground and sold as pills for stomach, heart and liver diseases.