These unusual dietary preferences lead to their ruining food and contaminating food preparation surfaces. And they affect human well-being in three ways: a) their nasty eating habits, dining on both human excrement and human foods; b) their aimless poop habits; and c) their talent for spewing digestive liquids as they eat! Really endearing, right?
2. Cockroaches carry pathogens of disease. Over 30 species of bacteria have been found on the cuticle and in the gut of roaches, including those of serious medical importance such as E. coli, various strains of Salmonella and Staphylococcus. Cockroaches were also suspected to be the cause of a hepatitis A outbreak in a Los Angeles housing project in the late 1950s.
Though it’s difficult to say what part roaches play in small disease outbreaks, they are capable of harboring antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A 2012 study in Ethiopia looked at cockroaches trapped in a neonatal intensive care unit and found widespread multi-drug resistance among individual species of bacteria residing in the roaches.
3. Cockroaches are filthy. Cockroaches spoil our clean, bleached perception of the world. They are the boldest creepy animals flourishing in our homes and businesses. They need us for the waste and sanctuary we provide, and for that we HATE them. They truly are terrible – they serve as an effective means for disease and filth transmission.
So now that we’ve let you know how awful these little buggers are, you’ll want to give us a call when you see even one in your home. After all, if there is just one in the open spaces of your home, there very well may be more in hidden areas! Ick!!
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