A group of researchers at Université Libre de Bruxelles have discovered that cockroaches actually have personalities and their own individual character traits. While this may not prompt you to keep them as pets, scientists believe it can help reveal what is behind their powerful survival instinct.
The research group conducted a study to observe how cockroaches act when they are out in the open. Several subject roaches were released into a brightly-lit arena featuring two round shaded “shelters”. The conditions played into cockroaches’ aversion to light as well as their tendency to seek protection in numbers.
As explained by lead researcher Isaac Planas, the goal of the experiment was to study behavior and decision-making in a group setting. It was expected that all the cockroaches would quickly gather beneath the shelters, but in reality the time it took varied from group to group.
Some of the cockroaches were more adventurous, tending to spend more time exploring the surroundings, while others were more shy. While one roach’s behavior may have influenced others, each had its own ability to decide, setting cockroaches apart from other insects like ants and termites who maintain a social hierarchy.
This difference in behavior is one of the reasons why a cockroach infestation is so difficult to eliminate. Our team of trained professionals will safely and thoroughly remove all trace of these pests. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.