If the New York Daily News report of a Chinese woman who lives with more than 100,000 cockroaches made you cringe, you are not alone. Calling them “my babies,” the woman raises the insects for the lucrative Chinese medicine market; but we don’t recommend following in her footsteps.
- Efficient scavengers, cockroaches feed on organic waste and can survive 6 weeks without food. These insects prefer sweets but will eat nearly anything, including glue, grease, soap, leather and hair!
- Modern cockroaches can trace their ancestry back 200 million years, but the first ancient roaches appeared on Earth nearly 350 million years ago. These pests pre-date the dinosaurs and aren’t going anywhere.
- Cockroaches hide in small crevices because they like to be touched on all sides. A German cockroach, the most prevalent roach species in New York City and northern New Jersey, can squeeze into spaces as thin as a dime.
- Cockroaches carry and spread many bacteria that are harmful to humans but necessary for roach survival. The bacteria that live on a cockroach’s body provide the insect with essential vitamins and nutrients.
Cockroaches spread disease and are a prominent cause of childhood asthma. With the sweet bait traps traditionally used to control roaches losing their effectiveness, commercial managers are turning to non-toxic Cryonite to keep roach populations under control. Visit our website for details.