Blog: Why are dead cockroaches always belly-up?

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Have you ever noticed that most insects that you find dead in your house are belly up, or more specifically cockroaches? In the wild, outside of your house, it is not to likely that you will ever find a cockroach belly up because it will usually perish to a predator or die hidden in the weeds. Once a cockroach has made its way into our homes, it is most likely going to encounter a lot of smooth surfaces, be it tiles or wooden floors. Similar to turtle that happens to end up on its back, the same thing happens to cockroaches. In theory, a cockroach may be able to rock until they flip over, but they can’t always right themselves without a little help. In the great outdoors, they are usually in amongst branches, leaves, rocks, dirt and a lot of uneven ground. The cockroach merely grabs onto these and makes their way back into an upright position. A cockroach on your tile or hardwood flooring doesn’t have the ability to reach out to a twig or other natural assisting elements to right itself. So, if they are stuck on their back long enough without food or water, they die.  

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