Pests: can’t live with them. Can’t find affordable housing in a big city without them.
If you’re not a millionaire, we bet you’ll have to live with at least one of these in your life. And, not to brag, but with our headquarters based in Brooklyn, we at Cracked have become something of pest and rodents experts. We have (separately) lived with an array of pests. It’s all terrible, but we feel especially empathetic to those of you dealing with bedbug or rat infestations. May the bites be light and all the pesticides be with you in your time of need.
Until you’ve committed mass species genocide to protect your home from any infestations, you might as well get to know the furry or leggy enemy you’re living with. So here are 14 facts about common pests to disgust and unnerve you…or maybe even make you feel bad for their untimely demise.
The largest cockroach in the world is called the Megaloblatta longipennis (yes, really)
Termite queens can live for up to 20 years
Some people can smell ants
Rats may have empathy
Even ants need work-life balance
Fabric softener sheets repel gnats
Dog fleas jump higher than cat fleas
Bedbugs evolved more than 100 million years ago
The next best thing: bedbugs love our dirty laundry
Alberta, Canada, is the largest inhabited area that is rat-free
Sexually rejected fruit flies drink more alcohol
Cockroaches can make decisions collectively
Uptown vs. downtown rats in NYC are genetically different