WARNING: This article may make you feel queasy.

Have you seen the recent “challenge” doing the rounds of Facebook lately? The premise is simple. Step 1, let a cockroach roam around on your face. Step 2, take a selfie.

(If you haven’t seen it yet, click here) Sounds simple? Clearly it’s challenging people to rethink their perceptions of the humble Cockroach. After all, a roach doesn’t bite or sting right?

It’s worth noting that the roach in the photo is likely a pet raised in a controlled environment, which is regularly cleaned. 99.99% of Cockroaches you will meet are not. Cockroaches are among the most disgusting creatures that inhabit the earth, and that photo has made even some of the most toughened pest technicians feel queasy.

Cockroaches have no respect for Hygiene.

They eat literally anything available to them, including food scraps, faeces and bits of other dead insects. Having eaten, they return to the nest with their other fellow filth spreaders. Once there, they throw up what they’ve eaten and also poop it out. The Cockroaches proceed to roll around in their mess and eat it again until they’re covered leg to antenna in filth. Sufficiently coated in germs, they take pleasant night time strolls across kitchen tops, utensils, food stores, fridges and even toothbrushes.

It goes without saying that that Cockroaches literally spread germs everywhere they go. Some bacteria that have been found in roaches are Salmonella, Campylobacteriosis, Listeriosis, E. Coli, Dysentary and Cholera to name a few. These bacteria have been shown to live in the gut of the Cockroach, for months even years.

If you’re fortunate to not contract a crippling disease from the Cockroach, don’t worry, you could still have an allergic reaction to them. Research shows that the saliva, faeces and discarded skin can cause allergies at best and severe asthma attacks at worst.

You can combat them though.

The number one best way to prevent Cockroaches is to remove food sources. Keeping a well cleaned kitchen, free from food scraps and unprotected food sources will make your job much easier. Sometimes though, even the most spotless house can still have Cockroaches. Don’t worry, there’s no shame! We can help. Our specially trained technicians can help protect your home from Cockroaches and other Pests. Give us a ring on 13 14 40 to discuss how we can help you!