18 August 2016
Have you ever been told that cockroaches fly only when they are trying to mate?
Well, you haven’t been told the entire truth. I’d have told you to go take hold of the person who told you, but I’ll tell you about it in this piece anyway, so don’t bother, just read on.
Not mating alone but warmer temperatures and heat could also send cockroaches flying around your house.
“Cockroaches, like all insects are cold-blooded, meaning their activity rate increases with temperature,” said Jules Silverman, an entomologist and professor at North Carolina State University, in an interview with Live Science. (Cold-blooded creatures are ectothermic, which means they depend on external heat to keep their bodies warm.)
This also means that the species of cockroach that are able to fly (and most of them are capable) are probably more likely to do so in warmer places, said Silverman
So if you have always thought that flying cockroaches are particularly horrendous, you presumably live in some place with a colder atmosphere and a denser human populace.
In large urban areas, these creepy crawlies have sufficient access to nourishment that doesn’t require ethereal travel. Subsequently, the muscles the cockroaches use to fly aren’t as prepared. Sweltering summer heat, be that as it may, can also give them enough vitality to spread their wings.
They may fly for different reasons, including to discover mates, to discover sustenance or to get away from a predator (or a stepping foot).
No matter where you live, don’t expect cockroaches to fill the skies. They aren’t exactly ace flyers. “It’s relatively controlled, but not as graceful as something like a butterfly,” said Bentley.
If you have a run-in with a flying roach, don’t get too concerned: Although it can be very unnerving, they aren’t trying to attack you, they are just doing their thing.
“There is nothing dangerous about flying cockroaches, other than an irrational fear driving people to distraction,” said Silverman.
Author: Dotun Obatuyi
My name is Dotun Obatuyi (Dotunoba), I hail from Osun state, a public health scientist (monitoring and evaluation specialist), my keen interests are researching, critiquing and writing feature articles on health, science and technology as well as issues around the globe.