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How long can a cockroach live without a head?

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Cockroaches have been around for over 280 million years. This means that they existed millions of years before the first dinosaur! To survive the dinosaurs, cockroaches, among other animals, have evolved some unique survival skills that set them apart from other insects.

How dangerous are these errors?

Most animals cannot live without a head because it is one of the most important parts of their body. However, with cockroaches the situation is different.

So, how long can a cockroach live without a head? Well, that’s the answer...up to a week! Unlike humans, cockroaches breathe through small holes located in each segment of their body, so they do not need a mouth or head to breathe. However, they need a mouth to drink water, so in about a week they will die of thirst. If they didn't need to drink water to live, cockroaches could survive without food for one month.

In addition to the ability to live without a head, cockroaches have even more interesting survival tactics. For example, cockroaches can hold their breath for forty minutes! They can even survive underwater for up to thirty minutes.

Cockroaches are also very fast. They can run at speeds of up to three miles per hour—about as fast as a human can walk. Even a one-day-old baby cockroach can run almost as fast as its parents! Unfortunately for us humans, this also means that they can spread germs and bacteria throughout the house very quickly. This can make us very sick and cause asthma symptoms.

Because cockroaches are one of the most adaptable creatures in the world, dealing with a cockroach infestation in your home can be very difficult. To avoid these pesky insects showing up uninvited, there are several steps you and your family can take.

How to deal with cockroaches

  • Pest experts recommend that families keep all food items sealed and disposed of properly.
  • The kitchen should be cleaned daily to avoid crumbs and debris that attract unwanted visitors such as cockroaches.
  • All cracks and holes in the house, including utility and pipe entry points, must be sealed.
  • Basements and basements should be kept dry, as some species of cockroaches, such as the American and Oriental cockroaches, like damp areas.
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