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Cockroach Myths

Are these statements true or false? When a crushed cockroach is applied to a wound, it can help ease the pain. A cockroach can live for a week without a head. Cockroaches break wind every 15 minutes and continue to do so up to 18 hours after they die.

If you answered true to all of the above, congratulations – you know a thing or three about cockroaches. But as common as the critters might be, there seems to be a short supply of knowledge about cockroaches that has led to several long-lasting myths. Let’s explore some of those roachy fables.

Cockroaches gnaw your flesh: Seafaring lads in olden times claimed that cockroaches ate their fingers and even slept with gloves on. However, this is something of a myth. Roaches will try to eat fingernails, hair, and eyelashes, which is creepy enough. And it’s true that cockroaches are capable of biting but they are not aggressive biters. If roaches are seen crawling around a bed they are most likely attracted to the crumbs laying round or the smell of food around the sleeping person’s mouth. They are not there to eat humans when there are much less dangerous things to munch on like raw sewage.

Cockroaches are afraid of light: It’s true, roaches will run when you flip on a light switch but they’re not fearful of light, they’re afraid of you and the flip flop you’re swinging at them. Cockroaches do favor darkness because it makes them invisible to predators. And some species, such as the Asian cockroach, is drawn to light. They can be found crawling across TV screens, lamps, and other sources of comforting glow.

Roaches are dirty: While cockroaches are often referred to as filthy creatures, the insects themselves are very clean. Like cats, they spend their waking hours grooming themselves. The reputation of filth comes from the fact that roaches will eat anything including rotting carcasses, garbage, and feces. This sticks to their legs and spreads disease and bacteria as they wander around your house.

There are plenty of true facts about roaches that make you want to keep them out of your home, but at least you don’t have to worry about them eating your face like a six-legged zombie from the gutter.