Are you searching for facts about cockroaches? Did you just find a cockroach in your garage (or even house) and your kid is asking about them? Needing facts about cockroaches for a science report? Or, are a you a homeschooling mom preparing a lesson about cockroaches? Here are a few fun facts for kids about cockroaches.
Cockroaches are found everywhere on Earth.
You can find cockroaches on every continent in the world. They even live at the North and South poles. Some cockroaches (such as the German Cockroach) will live in people’s homes. But the majority of cockroaches reside in forests or deserts.
There are four thousand different types of cockroaches.
Yes, that’s right, there’s 4000 kinds of cockroaches in the world. One interesting fact about cockroaches is that there are about 57 different types in the US alone.
Cockroaches come in various sizes.
Cockroaches can be very small, to very large in size for bugs. The smallest cockroach is the Wild Guest Cockroach and is only 1/8 of an inch long. It is so miniscule that it can live in ants’ nests. The biggest cockroach in the world resides in Australia and can be as big as five inches long. It is called an Australian Giant Burrowing Cockroach. You can view a video of a domesticated one here. Another large cockroach that can be as big as a small mouse is the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. You can see a video of it here.
Cockroaches usually only live for about a year or two.
Like most insects, cockroaches do not have a very long lifespan. Most cockroaches will die within a year or two. That is why cockroaches must lay so many eggs. Female cockroaches will lay eggs once they become adults. Most cockroaches abandon their young and they must fend for themselves, however the Australian burrowing cockroach will care for her babies and even bring them food to eat until they are grown. (They are quite unusual in that they can live for ten years.)
Cockroaches are omnivorous.
Another fact about cockroaches is that they are omnivorous. That means they will eat almost anything, whether it be a plant or animal. They are also scavengers, which means they eat dead plants and animals, rather than hunting for live ones. Cockroaches will usually scavenge for food at night. Something as small as one grain of rice can be a nice meal for a cockroach. Most cockroaches can eat anything such as leather and glue. (The exception is the Australian Giant Burrowing Cockroach, which will only eat dead Eucalyptus tree leaves.)
Cockroaches have many natural enemies.
Another fact about cockroaches is just about all animals will eat cockroaches. However, they are most favored by spiders, frogs, birds, lizards, scorpions, centipedes and garter snacks. Of course, the biggest enemies of cockroaches are humans.
Cockroaches may rest in one spot for at least 18 hours in a day.
Cockroaches can stay completely still and stay in one location for almost a full day. They have a certain resting position in which their antennae will point upward and angle outward. German cockroaches will usually group together. However, American cockroaches are often found alone.
Many scientists believe that cockroaches are carriers of infectious diseases.
Some scientists strongly believe that cockroaches are responsible for spreading disease such as salmonella, dysentery, diarrhea, bubonic plague, leprosy and typhoid fever. They believe that cockroaches are carriers of this disease.
Some people keep cockroaches as pets.
Cockroaches are kept in captivity by some pet owners. Read “Keeping Cockroaches as Pets” for more insight.
These are just ten fun facts about cockroaches. Cockroaches have been around for millions of years. They are just one little creature that makes our environment such a fascinating place.
Looking for more random facts? Check out “Silkworm Facts for Kids” and “Fun Facts for Kids About Spiders.” Happy Learning!
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