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The Unspeakable Insect

The Unspeakable Insect

Lee S. Yudin, Ph.D.
Pacific Daily News
October 25, 1997

Long after the bomb falls and you and your good deeds are gone, cockroaches will still be here, prowling the streets like armored cars. – Tama Janowitz

Perhaps some of you, in brief conversation with close friends, might mention that your home had been invaded by swarms of termites or armies of ants, but the unspeakable is to ever admit that even one cockroach has been spotted in either kitchen or den.

Of all insects known to home-dweller, the cockroach, is the most despised. Most humans find the cockroach totally repulsive due to their appearance, filthy habits, and potential disease-spreading capabilities. Cockroaches feed on almost anything edible and routinely sample things that are not.

They contaminate human foodstuff with their vomit and excrement and leave strong, foul chemical odors on commodities they visit.

Cockroaches also have the potential to leave black dropping of their urine and fecal material in areas where they live, on counter tops, and inside drawers found in kitchens and bathrooms.

Most home inhabiting cockroaches are active at night and if you start seeing them during the daylight hours you can be guaranteed that you have a major cockroach infestation. These particular insects are very sensitive to light and air movements and can detect when a person enters the room or turns on the light. The cockroach will either remain motionless or move very quickly to escape danger if found in open areas.

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