Cockroaches are notoriously resilient creatures. Capable of living headless for weeks on end, holding their breath for around five to seven minutes and even surviving nuclear radiation, the insects serve as formidable enemies for humans hoping to rid their homes of pesky roach infestations. But these tenacious qualities aren’t the only signs of the animal’s seeming invincibility: A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports suggests cockroaches are becoming increasingly resistant to pesticides, paving the way for a near-future in which it will be “almost impossible” to control the pests with chemicals alone.
How, you might wonder, does a roach become resistant to poison? A single organism — a single roach, a single bacterium — doesn’t become resistant to a chemical. The population does.
In any given population, there’s variation. Some individuals may have an inborn resistance to a chemical while others do not. When a pest population is treated with that chemical, the ones without the resistance die and the ones with it live. The survivors pass down their resistance genes to the next generation. And then suddenly, you end up with a population of individuals mostly resistant to that chemical.
Numerous articles and studies have been published in various journals and newspapers. One of them is as below:
Cockroaches inherit pesticide resistance making them even harder to kill
By Kay Vandette
Earth.com staff writer
Cockroaches have a reputation of being one of the hardiest pests on Earth, and you’ve probably heard that the insects could survive a nuclear war.
What or will not kill a cockroach has become the source of many old wives tales and studies have even shown that a roach can survive for weeks in a sealed environment without its head.
Cockroaches are carriers of disease and can contaminate homes and food with dangerous bacteria like E. Coli. This makes the cockroach more than a nuisance and a threat to human health.
New research has now found that some types of cockroaches are developing a resistance to insecticides making them even more difficult to kill.
Researchers from Purdue University examined German cockroaches (Blattella germanica L.), which are one of the most common cockroaches found worldwide. Of all the roach species, Blattella germanica L. can lay more eggs in its lifetime with a female producing 30 to 50 eggs at a time.
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