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Why Are Cockroaches So Resilient?



We have all heard the same joke or comment made time and time again, after the apocalypse there will only be cockroaches and twinkies left to roam the Earth. While we can’t speak for the resiliency of your typical Twinkie, this isn’t true for cockroaches; however, they ARE difficult to kill and prevent further infestations.

Cockroaches are one of the last unwanted pests you want to discover living in your home unannounced. They have been known to carry germs and diseases, cause allergic reactions, contaminate food products, and generally unsettling to simply just see. Trying to squash them with a show or hit them directly with a can of bug spray often may not get the job done and they will simply scurry away.

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Cockroaches have the unrivaled ability to make the most out of the worst situation. They can do this because they have been roaming the Earth for over 300 MILLION years. This has given them time to be evolutionary engineered to be a nearly indestructible and the ability to adapt better than most.

The body of a cockroach is made of overlapping hard plates, this is called an exoskeleton. Each individual plate is connected by a stretchy membrane that is flexible enough to allow cockroaches to shift energy to their legs. This allows them to fit through incredibly small cracks and crevices while still holding enough strength to provide protection.


Along with having incredibly tough armor and the ability to fit through some of the smallest cracks you can imagine, cockroaches are phenomenally good at hiding. They will commonly conceal themselves in a multitude of different areas all while not being discouraged by environmental changes. They also have an incredible sense of smell and tastes that helps them locate nutrients in unlikely substances like glue, cardboard, and paper.


Cockroaches have developed an uncanny ability to take on the world to survive. This is where they receive the common joke of being indestructible and surviving an apocalypse. Here are just a few “fun” facts about cockroaches here in Southwest Florida:

Cockroaches Can Withstand 900x Their Body Weight. As mentioned before, cockroaches have a very strong and flexible outer exoskeleton which makes it so much harder to squish them as compared to other pests. They can often withstand the hardest shoe stomp or the strongest swing of a newspaper, especially on soft surfaces like cushions, bedding, and carpet.

Cockroaches Are Fast! If you’ve ever had to chase one down, you probably know how hard it can be. Cockroaches are the racecar of the insect world and can travel up to 3mph. For comparison, that is 50x their body length per second. If a human were to do that you would find them running up to 210 mph.

So just sneak up on a cockroach, right? In addition to their blistering speed, they are highly sensitive to the smallest vibration. So chances are if you start to sneak up on a cockroach, it’s already gone.

Cockroaches Can Live A Week Without Its Head. Because that’s normal right? Do to their open circulatory system and that they breath through tiny holes throughout their bodies, they are not dependent on the head to breath. They only die because without their mouth they can’t drink or eat. However most times they will dies from dehydration as they can go a month without food.

Female Cockroaches Don’t Need To Always Mate. Like many pests out there, cockroaches breed frequently and fast. While females usually have males around to reproduce, female cockroaches can reproduce asexually through a process called parthenogenesis. This makes it much easier for female cockroaches to create a full blown infestation in your home!


For an effective cockroach control treatment plan in Southwest Florida, it usually requires more than one treatment method, this is why it helps to work with the professionals here at All “U” Need Pest Control.

Identification. There are several different species of cockroaches that like to call Southwest Florida Home, just like you and I. German cockroaches for instance will be found in kitchens and bathrooms while American cockroaches are in basements, crawl spaces and around and in drains.

Trapping. The use of glue or sticky traps is an easy way of catching, identifying, and confirming their presence and severity. An All “U” Need Pest Control Technician will know what traps to use, the placement of them, and how to determine the situation at hand.


ALL “U” NEED PEST CONTROL. One of our highly trained, experienced and knowledgeable cockroach control technicians will provide you with a detailed, on-site inspection to determine the species, severity, entry points as well as hiding places. From there they will create a custom-tailored pest control plan to get the cockroaches out and to keep them out!

Call us today and discover the All “U” Need Pest Control Difference at (239)424-8742 or our Sarasota location at (941)256-7370.

Common Cockroaches in Southwest Florida

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German Cockroach

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Should you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding our Cockroach Control Services in Southwest Florida, please feel free to call the office at any time at (239)424-8742 or our Sarasota location at (941)256-7370. Thank you for choosing All “U” Need Pest Control Inc.

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