11/13/15

Why Cockroaches Really Are Disgusting

Why Cockroaches Really Are Disgusting

11/13/2015

When you see a slimy-looking, hard-shelled bug run up the wall at a speed that seems to defy physics, are you completely freaked out? When you go to throw a load of laundry into the washer and a dozen roaches scurry out from underneath, do you screech and leap on top of the washer? Can you even imagine holding a cockroach up to your face and snuggling it? Of course not! Why is this? Because cockroaches are disgusting! This is a fact that is widely agreed upon by the majority of all humans who have ever lived. Sure, there is a fringe out there who thinks cockroaches are adorable, but we’re guessing you’re not one of them. We imagine you are like most people. When the topic of cockroaches comes up, you are quick to agree that they are disgusting, but sadly, it is even worse than you think. The disgust you have for these dirty little bugs is actually not unfounded. They really are disgusting. Here’s why.

Scientists around the world, whose job it is to track infectious diseases, have directly linked cockroaches to several nasty ones, like cholera, polio, typhoid fever, salmonella, pseudomonas, staphylococcus, and E. Coli. Do any of those sound like something you want to get? These diseases can cause stomach distention, dysentery, diarrhea, urinary tract infection, and more severe symptoms that can last for years. So, the next time you see a cockroach and your first reaction is to run away from it, go with your instincts.

But, it gets worse. Really? Yes, really. Cockroaches aren’t just capable of contracting these diseases, they are vectors for disease. This means they are responsible for transporting them from place to place and person to person. Cockroaches are a hitchhiking bug. They climb into boxes, bags, crates, and other objects we transport from place to place. In fact, they are built to get into things. These are bugs that are able to traverse walls and ceilings and compact their bodies to get through very thin gaps. For this reason, they are a serious threat for any company that stores or transports food.

Now, if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t believe everything they read on the internet, here is a lovely article put together by the World Health Organization on cockroaches. It will help you connect the dots between your disgust for cockroaches and the real threats these bugs can pose.

If you live in Topeka, and you agree that cockroaches are disgusting, give us a call. At Schendel, we have industry-leading treatment plans, designed by our on-staff Entomologist, that keep these pests out of homes and businesses. Get protected today with Schendel!