Do We Really Need Cockroaches


Dry your tears - I am not leaving RentokilYes, you heard me right. Would the world be a better place without cockroaches at least the common pest species…? Or would some people be crying their eyes out if there weren’t any?

I started thinking about this question when a friend, who breeds very expensive predatory fishes, complained to me that there are almost no more “wild cockroaches” (by that he means the ones in our homes) that are not polluted by insecticides. This implies that we are doing a good job. He feeds his fish with cockroaches, and has now has become a cockroach breeder. It’s a strange world.

Personally, I am convinced pest controllers all over the world would be sad, because a main business opportunity would have been gone. But ok, there would be no more cockroach-related allergies and diseases, so the “Pest controllers’ blues” is a price worth to be paid for the sake of overall well-being.

ThereaAnd what would happen to Katsaridaphobia, the fear of cockroaches (or other pest fears)? What about all the beautiful species of cockroaches, like the domino roach (Therea petiveriana) or the glow-in-the-dark roaches of the genus Lucihormetica? Would we still see the emerald cockroach wasp (Ampulex compressa) nature’s “Rentokil” for the American cockroach?

I am sure only a few people know that there are many enthusiasts that keep cockroaches as pets. I have to admit that even I have bred a few species and found it quite enjoyable (Never any of the common pest species though!)

Maybe we could live without cockroaches. Maybe the world would be a cleaner place. No, let me refine this statement: our homes and cities would definitely be a cleaner place and our health would be a bit safer in the absence of cockroaches. Still, some people would be sad.

My suggestion (supposing I had a say in it): Get rid of the common household pests, such as American cockroach, German cockroach, oriental cockroach and whatever their names are, but spare the nicer looking ones… What do you think?

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