Three Disgusting Facts About Cockroaches You Probably Don't Know

There's nothing beautiful about a cockroach, especially when you come across one in your kitchen while preparing a meal or late at night in your bedroom when you're getting ready to fall asleep. Unfortunately, researchers and scientists have continued to find negative consequences of having the critters in your home-- leading to even more urgent reasons to get rid of them as soon as possible.

From the increase of medical problems to being extremely hard for the average person to get rid of, there's much more at stake than a simple gross insect crawling around your house. If you need more reasons to call an exterminator as soon as possible, consider these three disgusting facts about cockroaches that you probably didn't know:

Cockroaches Can Pose Big Health Issues for Asthma

If you suffer from asthma, have recently noticed an increase in your breathing problems, and know you have a cockroach problem, you might be surprised to find out that all three could be linked.

Through both excrement and their decaying bodies after death, the insects leave behind particles that end up being just the right size to breathe in through the air-- causing a dramatic increase in breathing issues for those who struggle with asthma. By making sure that your home is clear of the pests, you'll ensure not only a future free from creepy-crawlies, but a healthy atmosphere for you and your family as well.

Cockroaches are Virtually Indestructible

If you have an infestation and you're hoping to just squish all of them like you would any other insect to clear up the problem, you're probably in for a rude awakening. In addition to being able to live for weeks without a head (before finally dying of starvation), cockroaches are often noted as being one of the only insects in the world who are thought to be able to survive a nuclear holocaust.

In studies done on the subject, researchers have found that a portion of cockroaches subjected to 10,000 rads (the amount of radiation that would occur in the case of an atomic bomb) survived the staged detonation. In other words, leave the elimination of these troublemakers to pest control specialists who know exactly what they're doing.

Cockroaches Like to Munch in the Night

The creepiest fact has been saved for last, and it's one that should cause anyone to call their nearest exterminator the moment they see signs of cockroaches in their home. A certain species of cockroach, normally found in areas in Brazil, is often found at night eating the eyelashes of young children while they're sleeping. If that isn't a horrifying picture in your mind, there's likely nothing in the world that bothers you! Talk to a pest control expert (from Cavanaugh's Professional Termite & Pest Services or another company) as soon as possible to avoid any potential negative side effects of your creeping house guests.