Cockroaches are among the most common and repulsive insects living in our homes. They are said to survive in almost any environment, even without food or water for weeks, even months. But did you know that there is a theory that suggests they are immortal dinosaurs?
Is it true that cockroaches are indestructible?
This theory is based on the fact that cockroaches existed on Earth for more than 300 million years, since the time of the dinosaurs. In fact, modern cockroaches are thought to be very similar to those that existed in the Carboniferous period, some 300 million years ago.
But why are they considered immortal, the answer is their ability to regenerate. Cockroaches have the ability to regenerate parts of their body, such as legs or antennae, in case they lose them in a fight or for some other reason. In addition, they also regenerate their damaged cells, so they recover from injuries that in other animals are fatal.
Another of their characteristics is their ability to adapt. They survived almost every catastrophic event in Earth’s history, from the extinction of the dinosaurs, glaciations and extreme climate changes. Thanks to their ability to adapt to almost any environment, from tropical rainforests to the most polluted cities.
Likewise, other research claims that cockroaches can emerge immune to the explosion of an atomic bomb, although this is not entirely true. No living thing can do so. However, they are much more resistant than humans to radiation. Although they survive microwaves, such as those generated by traditional household appliances. The cockroach, the ant and many other insects have the ability to seek out places where microwaves bounce off in order to escape unscathed.
They can harm us
How does this affect our daily lives? Although cockroaches seem harmless, they often carry various diseases, such as salmonella or dysentery. In addition, some people are allergic to them, and in extreme cases, they cause asthma.
To avoid the presence of cockroaches in our home, it is important to maintain cleanliness and hygiene. Cockroaches are attracted to dirt and food debris, so it is essential not to leave dirty dishes in the kitchen, regularly clean the cupboards and pantry, as well as seal well any food that is stored in the pantry.