Okay, so I was sitting on the toilet in the bathroom at work just a few minutes ago and I happen to see crawling across the floor one of the biggest cockroaches I had seen in a very long time. Needless to say I finished my business quickly. Now this thing reminded me of the ones we would see running across the floor in the dining facility during basic training in San Antonio, Texas. To give you an idea how big they were, they were prehistoric. They could take down a small bird if they wanted too. This thing was just as big. I get up and start to pull my pants up and zip and button them when this thing starts heading towards me. So I move and it starts following me around the bathroom stall. Now I’m thinking WTF. I get my pants situated and step on it, only it ain’t dead. REALLY?!? It runs to the corner then comes running back at me so I go out the stall and it’s following me and I step on it again. I hear a squish. I move my foot and yep I opened it up but the MF is still alive, moving a little slower, mind you, so I step one more time and this time it finally died. Now this is insane. They should not be so hard to kill or so freaking big.
A little info about cockroaches for you. Cockroaches are insects of which about 30 species out of 4,500 total are associated with human habitations. About four species are well known as pests.
Among the best-know pest species are the American cockroach, the German cockroach, the Asian cockroach, and the Oriental cockroach. Tropical cockroaches are often much bigger.
Cockroaches live in a wide range of environments around the world. Pest species of cockroaches adapt readily to a variety of environments, but prefer warm conditions found within buildings. Many tropical species prefer even warmer environments and do not fare well in the average household.
The spines on the legs were earlier considered to be sensory, but observations of their locomotion on sand and wire meshes have demonstrated that they help in locomotion on difficult terrain. The structures have been used as inspiration for robotic legs.
Cockroaches leave chemical trails in their feces as well as emitting airborne pheromones for swarming and mating. These chemical trails transmit bacteria on surfaces. Other cockroaches will follow these trails to discover sources of food and water, and also discover where other cockroaches are hiding. Thus, cockroaches can exhibit emergent behavior, in which group or swarm behavior emerges from a simple set of individual interactions. Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal and will run away when exposed to light. A peculiar exception is the Asian cockroach, which is attracted to light.
Cockroaches are generally rather large insects. Most species are about the size of a thumbnail, but several species are bigger. The world’s heaviest cockroach is the Australian giant burrowing cockroach, which can reach 9 centimetres (3.5 in) in length and weigh more than 30 grams (1.1 oz). Comparable in size is the Central American giant cockroach, which grows to a similar length but is not as heavy.
Female cockroaches are sometimes seen carrying egg cases on the end of their abdomen; the egg case of the German cockroach holds about 30 to 40 long, thin eggs, packed like frankfurters in the case called an ootheca. The egg capsule may take more than five hours to lay and is initially bright white in color. The eggs are hatched from the combined pressure of the hatchlings gulping air. The hatchlings are initially bright white nymphs and continue inflating themselves with air, becoming harder and darker within about four hours. Their transient white stage while hatching and later while moltinig has led many to claim the existence of albino cockroaches.
A female German cockroach carries an egg capsule containing around 40 eggs. She drops the capsule prior to hatching, though live births do occur in rare instances. Development from eggs to adults takes 3 to 4 months. Cockroaches live up to a year. The female may produce up to eight egg cases in a lifetime; in favorable conditions, she can produce 300 to 400 offspring. Other species of cockroach, however, can produce an extremely high number of eggs in a lifetime; in some cases a female needs to be impregnated only once to be able to lay eggs for the rest of her life. Aside from the famous hissing noise, some cockroaches (including a species in Florida) will make a chirping noise.
Cockroaches are among the hardiest insects on the planet. Some species are capable of remaining active for a month without food and are able to survive on limited resources like the glue from the back of postage stamps. Some can go without air for 45 minutes. In one experiment, cockroaches were able to recover from being submerged underwater for half an hour.
It is popularly suggested that cockroaches will “inherit the earth” if humanity destroys itself in a nuclear war. Cockroaches do indeed have a much higher radiation resistance than vertebrates, with the lethal dose perhaps 6 to 15 times that for humans. However, they are not exceptionally radiation-resistant compared to other insects, such as the fruit fly.
The cockroach’s ability to withstand radiation better than human beings can be explained through the cell cycle. Cells are most vulnerable to the effects of radiation when they are dividing. A cockroach’s cells divide only once each time it molts, which is weekly at most in a juvenile roach. Since not all cockroaches would be molting at the same time, many would be unaffected by an acute burst of radiation, but lingering radioactive fallout would still be harmful.
So this is why I believe we need to find a way to rid our planet of these disqusting, vile creatures for good. They serve no purpose but to infest our homes and spoil our food.