In an earlier post, we talked about some of the amazing ninja skills exhibited by our insect neighbors, many of which are being studied by scientists hoping to co-opt their abilities for technological advances.
Then there are the studies and bugs with ninja skills we’d be much happier never thinking about. However, in the interest of science, we present… the bite of the cockroach!
As we’ve pointed out before, cockroaches have some of the most disgustingly amazing abilities in the insect kingdom. Like how they can walk across ceilings – or live for up to two weeks after losing their heads – like that guy in Sleepy Hollow.
But hold on to your horses. Scientists have now confirmed that the bite of a cockroach is five times more powerful than a human one! And now I’m done with my peanut butter.
You may be wondering how or why they would test such a thing. Well, we went to the source to find out.
Starting with the anecdotal evidence that the Periplaneta Americana, or common American cockroach can – and does – eat just about anything, German and British scientists developed a tool to measure the bite strength of these bugs.
We won’t go into the details of the tests (brave souls can see them here), but they discovered that the roaches they tested could bite with a force 50 times greater than their body weight – which is not the most pleasant thought, considering how rampant roaches are in our area, especially as the temperatures (slowly) start to drop.
We don’t want to scare you, but if a cockroach can bite through wood or leather, you really don’t want them chomping down on you or your family.
Luckily, we here at Good News Pest Solutions have studied the cockroach for almost 30 years, focusing on how to best get rid of them – and keep your family safe!
We specialize in cutting-edge, natural, eco-friendly pest control measures that are safe for our earth and you, while being highly effective at controlling pests. Contact us today to find out how our certified, professional staff can help you eliminate all the pests that might try to sneak into your home this fall. (Except your annoying cousin Fred. You’re on your own there.)
Outside of Stuart Little, Tom & Jerry, and Ratatouille, most people are at least startled, if not repulsed, at the sudden appearance of a mouse or rat. But if the fear or even the thought of such an occurrence causes extreme anxiety, you could be suffering from an irrational and unreasonable fear of mice, known as musophobia.
It’s not hard to figure out where this comes from. We were all taught in school that rats spread the Bubonic Plague (or was it gerbils?), that mice and rats live in dirty conditions, and that they’re prone to eat trash.
The symptoms of musophobia vary depending on the extent of fear the phobic experiences, but sometimes include:
Probably the most famous person to suffer from musophobia was Mr. Walt Disney, who created the now iconic Mickey Mouse as a way to try and get over his intense fear of the rodents. ⬅Who da thunk that? 😆
Unfortunately, while Walt’s fear has paid off well for him, drawing a cartoon character isn’t the best solution for the rest of us. And as the weather gets cooler, even here in Florida, mice can settle in to attics and crawlspaces to find more warmth.
And the saying, ‘they’re more afraid of you than you are of them,’ doesn’t always override our emotional reaction. Not to mention, whether you’re afraid of them or not, mice tend to chew on things – like furniture, clothes, and food left unattended.
Be aware that mice and rats are everywhere in Florida, even the most exclusive homes and neighborhoods. And not to worry you more, but you may not even be aware that the little critters are in your home as they tend to be more active at night!
Luckily, there are solutions. And, no, we aren’t referring to adopting a new feline friend. Good News Pest Solutions offers the most comprehensive rodent solution in the state.
Don’t give in to fear – contact Good News today for a free home inspection and evaluation. Taking preventative measures now will bring you peace of mind and a rodent-free home.