How Long Can a Cockroach Live Without Food & Water?

There are more than 3,000 species of cockroaches in the world and how much do we know except that we don’t want to see any kind of them around us. Nonetheless, cockroaches form a very important part of our ecosystem.

Did you know that cockroaches are known as ‘amateur recyclers’? They can chew down almost anything, from dead plants to animals.

So even though we don’t find them interesting enough to have them in our houses, there are some very interesting facts though which we all should know about them like how long can cockroaches survive without food, can they live without their heads etc.

How Long Can Cockroaches Live Without Food?

Cockroaches can survive for a month without food. They are cold-blooded insects, which actually mean that their body temperature is basically the same as their surroundings and hence they don’t need to store food in order to generate heat for themselves.

How Can Cockroaches Survive So Long Without Food?

Like I mentioned above, cockroaches are cold-blooded, so they don’t need to store food like us humans or other warm blooded animals to maintain their body temperature. They can quickly adapt to the temperature of the area or the space they are living in at that moment. 

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How Long Can Cockroaches Live Without Water?

Even though cockroaches can survive a month without food, they can only survive a week without water.  That is why we usually find these hell raisers in bathroom or near the kitchen sinks.

 However they don’t need a lot of water to survive, even a drop of is enough to help a cockroach sustain for weeks.

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Do Cockroaches Drink Water?

Yes, cockroaches do drink water and it is one of the major components for their survival. Although cockroaches can survive without a month without food but water is one of the necessities for them and they can survive maximum up to a week without water.

Can Cockroaches Live Without Its Head?

Yes, a cockroach can survive without its head for up to a week.

This is because cockroaches do not need their head to breathe; they have an open circulatory system which means they breathe through their body.

 However, they do need water to survive and without a head they can’t drink water so they usually end up dying because of dehydration.

Conclusion:

Now I know that all these facts about cockroaches do not make us like them anymore but we do need to understand that cockroaches are one of the fastest growing insects because of their capacity to thrive in any kind of climate and the above mentioned information about them only shows how adaptable they are to changing environment. Their reputation of resilience is so strong that some even say that cockroaches can survive a nuclear apocalypse, and to be honest, after learning all this, I don’t see why not.

Dinesh Kumar
Dinesh has a few years of experience in Pest control. Apart from his interest in sports, he has helped many people to get rid of cockroaches and other pests.

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