6 Benefits of Cockroaches

This article entails all you need to know about the benefit of cockroaches to humans.

Cockroaches are insects with few special adaptations and may be among the most primitive living insects.

They are characterized by a relatively small head and a broad but flattened body, and most species are reddish-brown or dark brown in color

They have two large compound eyes, two ocelli, and long, flexible antennae with mouthparts on the underside of the head.

The body of a cockroach is divided into three segmented thoraces and a ten-segmented abdomen.

It has a tough exoskeleton on its external surface which contains calcium carbonate which protects the inner organs and provides attachment for the muscles.

This exoskeleton has been coated with wax to repel water. Its wings are attached to the second and third thoracic segments.

The first pair of wings, called the tegmina are tough and protective and lays as a shield on top of the wings used for flight known as the membranous hind wings.

These four wings are characterized by branching longitudinal veins, as well as multiple cross-veins.

Cockroaches breathe through small holes all over their body and can last up to a month without food, a cockroach doesn’t necessarily need its head to survive. However, it can only go for one week without water.

Some species of cockroaches exhibit a phenomenon called Parthenogenesis, which is the process by which a female cockroach can reproduce without the help of a male cockroach.

Benefits of Cockroach

You may wonder if a pest such as this has any benefits. Fortunately, it does have some benefits.

1.  Cockroaches are professional recyclers, chowing down just about anything, including dead plants and animals, and animal waste.

Their digestive systems contain bacteria and protozoa that help convert the world’s waste into easily-absorbed nutrients.

2. Cockroaches are not only able to get rid of food waste, but they can also become healthy food for farm animals.

3. Also, cockroaches play a vital role in the life cycle of plants because as they crawl through flowers seeking food, they could also serve as transporters of pollen thereby helping with plant reproduction.

4. Cockroaches eat what other organisms leave laying, breaking it down and increasing the amount of nitrogen in the soil. So the forest would suffer without their nitrogen-rich excrement.

5. The insects’ remains are also said to offer cures for treating ulcers, skin wounds, stomach cancer, stomach problems and other health issues in humans.

6. Their evolution to survival in areas where the filth would cause illness in other organisms includes the production of natural antibiotics and Research scientists are looking for possible human applications of antibiotics from cockroaches.

These natural antibodies can be of great help for the body to fight infections such as staph and even MRSA, which is resistant to traditional antibiotics.

That’s all you need to know about the importance of cockroaches to humans.

Egbujor Victor Chinedu
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