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Are cockroaches harmful?

  1. Apr 21, 2003 #1
    It's spring, warm and humid and the place is crawling with huge brown cockroaches. They are disgusting looking things but they don't make a lot of noise, unlike crickets. I have noticed they can go anywhere, including up walls and across the ceiling. I try to keep my place spotless but it does not deter the creatures. They come in through vents and under doors and are really bugging me (sorry!). How harmful are they? I don't like the idea of them crawling across anything I might eat but is their awfulness most aesthetic?
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  3. Apr 21, 2003 #2
    Cockroaches can carry diseases, not inside of them like mosquitoes, but on the outside, they then walk across your food (eating it sometimes) and contaminate it, it is also estimated that 10-15 million Americans are allergic to cockroaches.

    The thing is, they aren't good for anything, for human's that is...you can crush them up and put them on wounds though, it relieves pain:wink:
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2003
  4. Apr 21, 2003 #3
    They look completely good for nothing too.
  5. Apr 21, 2003 #4
    Everyone must live with them, they are everywhere and impossible to stop. I know some friends in florida that keep everything in tuperware.

    Cockroaches are known to secrete a fluid that can irritate humans and overall they are a sign off filth.
  6. Apr 21, 2003 #5
    yes they are disgusting, unfortunately once they have infested a place it doesn't matter how clean you keep things, they manage to survive regardless. i am a pacifist to the point to where i catch spiders and take them out side when i find one on my house, but roaches are pretty much stuck there unless you kill them all. i rented this really neat place back in collage that turned out to have silverbacks running rampant, basically just little cockroaches but none the less disgusting things. best thing to do is just get an exterminator and if you are renting the financial responsibility is that of your landlord, don't let them try to tell you otherwise either.
  7. Apr 21, 2003 #6
    Haha, not everyone must live with them. Come to Utah or Idaho and you will never see another cockroach again (probably colorado, montana, wyoming, too but i have never lived there soo...). Its wonderful to not have to live with these disgusting things that everyone talks about, seriously one of the best parts of living in the west. Allthough you do have to put up with other things like box elder bugs, but they aren't nearly as bad as cockroaches.
  8. Apr 21, 2003 #7
    Does the pest control man come to your house and spray for them? We don't have a roach problem in our house because the bugman comes out and sprays, but I've been in other buidlings around louisiana where it is very bad.
  9. Apr 21, 2003 #8
    I'm lucky enough to live in Illinois, we get cockroaches and box elder bugs, worst of both worlds!
  10. Apr 22, 2003 #9
    The fact that they have survived for more than 300 million years shows how resistant these things are. Almost in any old building which had either coal kitchen or heating systems they are present. But since they usually come out at night, they are not excessively disgusting, up you find them in a really unpleasant place.
    But think that in some places in Asia some kinds of cockroaches are considered an exquisite speciality.
  11. Apr 22, 2003 #10
    If you are a poor and starving student, you mught be tempted by these cockroach recipes. A word of warning: don't eat cockroach sushi or roaches that you haven't killed yourself. Cockroach delicacies
  12. Apr 22, 2003 #11
    They can show up in weird places, my friend was camping a couple years ago and he woke up in excruciating pain, screaming and such, from a pain in his ear. He went to the hospital and the doctor's ended up pulling a cockroach out of his ear, it had 'burrowed' down into his ear and was scraping against his ear drum. Everytime I think of cockroaches I think of that story
  13. Apr 22, 2003 #12
    I'm sure to get some sleep tonight
  14. Apr 23, 2003 #13
    I seriously doubt that students will be tempted by these recipes.
    On the other hand, some years ago grasshoppers in chocolate were a boom. Diversity makes the world interesting...
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