Found in every state and possibly one of the biggest nuisances the average household could ever face, cockroaches often manage to weasel their way into homes where homeowners have no idea how they got there. If you are one of the unlucky homeowners who is dealing with these creepy crawly pests in your home, not fully understanding these creatures can contribute to the problem. There are some insanely weird facts that you should know about cockroaches to better help you get a grasp on the situation, which can grow quickly out of hand. 

Freezing the roaches out of your house may not always work. 

It is a common misconception that if you have cockroaches, you can just get rid of the problem by leaving the house overnight in the middle of winter and letting the house get extremely cold. There are a lot of reasons why this may not work. A few include:

  1. Cockroaches can live in the cold and in fact, some breeds just go into hibernation mode when the temperatures drop. 
  2. These bugs can and do travel and they do so fast. So even if it is cold in your home, they can quickly make their way to some place where they can find warmth temporarily, such as inside insulation or around appliances that still have some heat available from remaining electrical current.

Cockroaches don't have to have a head to survive. 

You think you have effectively squashed the roaches you caught crawling and creeping in the middle of the night. However, roaches are known to be some of the most resilient creatures and can live without their head for about a week, even exhibiting functional behaviors like trying to escape. Therefore, if you kill a roach, go ahead and make sure the thing is completely dead. Even further, if the bug has an egg sack attached, sweep up the squished bug and flush it or otherwise eliminate it from your household. 

These pests can eat just about anything and sustain life. 

Cockroaches are definitely not picky eaters and will find nutrition in just about anything. You can clean your house from top to bottom and feel pretty confident that there is nothing available that a bug could make a meal out of, but cockroaches eat everything from hair and soap to the glue on the back of a postage stamp if they can find nothing else. Even worse, a cockroach can live more than a month without food. No matter how clean your home may be, you may still have to have a professional help you eliminate the bugs from your house.