Many types of cockroaches exist and those that you commonly see in the area are hard to kill. The way they are built makes them difficult to kill unless you poison them. They also regenerate legs and can go without food for up to three months. If you've ever dealt with roaches, you may ask yourself, “Are cockroaches indestructible?”
If you have a cockroach infestation and you turn on the light in the middle of the night, you'll probably see these bugs scurrying around and seemingly disappear. In a way, they do. Because of the way they're built, they can squish themselves flat enough to fit into a tiny crevice, such as that between your kitchen cabinets and the floor.
The exoskeleton of a cockroach is made up of several overlapping plates. The plates are connected by a membrane that stretches. Together these features allow a cockroach to flatten itself enough to fit in a crevice that is a fraction of the height of the pest. They also have a special spine that allows them to keep traction on their legs, even though the legs are splayed out. The plates and the membranes provide the answer to the question, “Why are cockroaches so hard to kill?” A cockroach could also withstand weights of 100 grams and more without being squished.
Cockroaches are difficult to squish because of the same exoskeleton that allows them to fit into a crack a fraction of their height. But, can you smash a cockroach? Yes, you can. But you'll have to use quite a bit of force, including twisting your foot over the top of them while you are pressing down. If you just stomp down, you may see a roach scurrying away from you when you lift your foot. Twisting them twists their bodies after they flatten themselves out.
In addition to their flexible exoskeleton, cockroaches can seemingly repair themselves. They produce their own antibiotics. They regenerate legs that have been pulled off. So, if you squish a roach and just damage its legs, the legs will grow back and it'll be running around again in no time.
Cockroaches love warm, moist places to live. Your house is perfect for them. They'll find plenty to drink, especially if you have a leaky faucet. They'll find plenty to eat between the crumbs you didn't realize you dropped or the trash bag that sits uncovered. Even killing a cockroach attracts more if you don't clean up the mess right way or you deposit the squished cockroach in the trash.
When you squish the roach, it secretes a liquid. Other roaches smell it and will come running. The next time you find yourself wondering, “Why don’t cockroaches die?” after you just sprayed, it may be because the cockroach produces natural detoxification mechanisms. They can live in dirty areas because of the antimicrobial peptides that go into hemolymph – and that is the juice that squirts out when you do squish a cockroach.
One of the benefits of cockroach extermination is that you kill all of the cockroaches in one fell swoop. Unless you bring more into your home or continue leaving food out, once they have been exterminated, they should be gone. But, you do have to keep the outside of the house clean from trash and brush, and you have to be careful of bringing the pests in when you bring in used appliances and electronics. Cockroaches also like cardboard, so if you are bringing boxes inside, you also have to be careful. Contact Clint Miller Exterminating to spray inside and outside if you notice a cockroach problem.