Minnesota’s Most Hated Pest Can Live Without A Head For Over 7 Days
When Minnesotans think of pests, I think a majority of us immediately think of mosquitos. Frankly, they are one of the few things that can ruin a beautiful summer night in Minnesota.
The folk at Pest Strategies feel differently, apparently. At least the folks they surveyed, do. They completed a survey that talked to over 3,500 people and come to find that the pest that Minnesotans hate the most is the cockroach.
I never think of cockroaches in Minnesota being a huge pest problem. The first pest that will always pop into my mind will always be the mosquito, and maybe that is because I have been bitten by so many?
Cockroaches were actually ranked as the #1 most hated pest in the country as 27.3% percent of respondents said they were the worst.
Mosquitos came in at #4, behind spiders and bed bugs.
But why cockroaches? Well, the folks at Pest Strategies had a little bit of insight on that including that they can live for 7 days without their head.
"Cockroaches were here when dinosaurs roamed the Earth -- but unlike prehistoric reptiles, cockroaches have survived hundreds of millions of years. Their resilience makes them a formidable foe as they can survive without food for a month, without water for two weeks, and without a head for 7 days"
For real? 7 days? Yeah, they don't need their brains, they just need their head for eating and drinking (which is why they die without a head, eventually). So, it could even be longer than 7 days.
You can check out the full study for yourself, but know that surveying only around 3,500 people to account for the entire country is rather small. Maybe 3,500 for each state would make a difference?
Either way, I'll always say that mosquitos are the worst pest in Minnesota, no matter how many days a cockroach can live without its head.
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