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Cockroaches have been long despised by homeowners due to their creepy appearance. The American cockroach is the largest of the house-infesting cockroaches. Despite its name, the American cockroach is not native to North America, but was probably introduced via ships from Africa in the 1600s.

American cockroaches often enter structures through drains and pipes. They are more active when the temperature is 70 degrees or higher, but they can survive lower temperatures with the right conditions.

Although American cockroaches can be found in homes, they are also common in larger commercial buildings such grocery stores, food processing plants and hospitals. American roaches are also known to infest basements, yards and alleys.

American roaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. They can pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then carry these into food or onto food surfaces. Recent medical studies have shown that cockroach allergens cause allergies and exacerbate asthma attacks, especially in children and those living in metro-city areas. As with other species of roaches, American cockroaches can pose a threat to individuals with allergies.

Cockroach control and management are important for health and safety reasons.

If you notice cockroaches inside the home, it’s important to contact a licensed pest professional at Westfall’s Pest Control to inspect and treat the problem. For a free inspection and bug free guarantee, contact us at (941) 761-0125.

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Would Cockroaches Actually Survive a Nuclear Explosion?

Cockroaches are famous for being difficult to kill, it’s been a popular “old wives tale” over the last century that cockroaches are so hardy, that they can survive a nuclear explosion. But is there really any truth behind this claim? Let’s dig into things and find out.

Cockroaches have been crawling around for 200 million years, way back when the dinosaurs were still around! They survived what ever it was that wiped out the dinosaurs, so it’s understandable why they have such a high reputation for durability. Cockroaches have an amazing exoskeleton, it’s made up of series of stretchy membranes that allows an equal amount of distribution of pressure to be applied to the cockroaches body, which allows itself to withstand forces close to 1000 times it’s body’s weight! They’re also able to survive in an array of different climates, temperatures, and terrains. They’re very agile, able to fly, swim, and squeeze into the smallest of crevices.

But are they really durable enough to survive a nuclear explosion? Science says no to surviving the explosion, the heat from the explosion would easily kill the cockroaches. However there’s another version of the story focusing solely on the radiational aftermath; so what about that? This proves more promising for cockroaches. The Discovery channel held an experiment testing this very idea, it was discovered that cockroaches are able to survive for long periods of time while being exposed to radiation levels that are compared to those given off by nuclear weapons during World War 2. So while cockroaches wouldn’t be able to directly survive a nuclear explosion, they would be able to live in a nuclear environment.

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