There are many things to worry about in today’s world, but I’m about to give you one more, another creepy crawly thing, actually worse than a cockroach. I know what you are thinking, what could possibly be worse than a cockroach? Well, I will tell you…..a flying cockroach! Seriously. Now I’ve gone and given you something new to worry about, along with the bogeyman, the economy and the Zombie Apocolypse.
Most cockroaches can fly, but people don’t realize that they can fly, mainly because cockroaches can only fly when they get warm enough. So, in areas of the north, it may not get warm enough for them to ever take off. But in places like Florida, when the mid-August temperatures climb right up there in the danger zone, the stinking, nastiest bug in the history of bugs becomes airborne. AHHHHH!
The reason they fly, or move at all, is to find food. In areas where food is plentiful they don’t have far to go, so they are more likely to hoof it, rather than spread their wings. After all, flying does require much more energy. But in the hot summer, if food is not within walking distance, they can easily spread their wings and fly. Makes me shudder to think of it.
They also might be flying to find a mate or escape a predator. Or a boot. In the hot weather, it doesn’t take much. And they aren’t very graceful fliers, you won’t see them gliding in a breeze like a butterfly. More like a tiny rhinoceros with wings. But not endangered.
The ones who do take to flight are the larger cockroaches. The smaller German cockroaches have wings, but can’t get up in the air, thankfully. But then, those are the worse kind to have, so if you see many of those, you have bigger issues to worry about.
So, add flying cockroaches to your list of things to worry about. Actually in the large scheme of things, when there are new things added to the worry list every day, flying cockroaches might turn out to be one of the better ones.