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COCKROACHES- OUR FEARS AND THE FACTS

Posted by Dr Greengood on

Science no matter what kind we might be referring to: medical, chemical, atomic, anthropological, geological and the many other types that also exist can generally do a very good job of explaining how and why those things that fall under their area of study serve to work, act or exist in the way they do.A scientist’s job, at any given time, might be to study, observe, measure, quantify, experiment, theorize, formulate, build, explain, manufacture; well you get the idea. But how exactly does science explain why so many of us seem to have what I can best describe as a fundamental, even primal fear of insects; in this case the common cockroach? Now this emotional reaction I refer to as fear obviously occurs on some sort of a sliding scale, depending on the individual; for certain people it really can be almost a paralyzing sort of fear, for others just a moderate or mild distaste and for some almost no reaction at all. If the “no reaction at all” individual did not exist we would never find anyone willing to work in the pest control industry. If we accept the fact that there are “all kinds”, so to speak, when it comes to a person’s basic emotional reaction to an insect, then I also believe that this reaction must be hardwired into us, as a very definite part of our specific DNA or genetic makeup. Similar, in fashion, to why certain people can faint dead away at the sight of blood and most others are unaffected. Many of us have an instinctual fear of snakes and would avoid contact with one, even if we were told it was harmless, others will pick a snake up without any fear; again I suggest whatever our reaction is to a snake, it is very much built into our genes.

Scientists are pretty firm in their belief that our ancestors began on earth around 6 million years ago and modern man has been in existence for about 200,000 years. I have often wondered why this fear of insects evolved inside our genetic makeup the way it has over that lengthy period. It is quite obvious that a fear of snakes, in certain instances makes a lot of sense, but with insects perhaps this fear is sometimes dismissed as mere hysteria, but I do not believe that to be true. This “fear” did not just become part of us, for no good reason; it must exist in the same common sense way the rest of our body has evolved, through those traits, functions and instincts becoming a part of us, that give us the best chance for survival, as a species.

I can only think that our fear of insects, for some, or distaste as it might affect others, has become a fundamental part of us because the dangers associated with many of these insects are very real and exist because they are a definite part of our DNA based “survival instinct”. Antibiotics have only been in general use for about 75 years and anti-venoms around 100 years; a mere drop in the ocean compared to the actual duration of mankind’s existence. It is fair to say that if you go back in time that 75 or hundred years and imagine someone dealing with the health risks associated with an unfortunate insect encounter; the personal impact, to that individual, was far more potentially devastating then, than today. One can only imagine how many insect bites resulted in serious wounds or even death. How many allergic reactions, to an insect bite, had to go untreated with also potentially severe consequences?It might also be worth noting that even in this age blessed by advanced antibiotics and medical techniques the diseases transmitted by insect bites kill more people each year than all other wild animals combined, including snakes and sharks***

This article is titled “Cockroaches-Our Fear And The Facts” and I believe it is fair to say that many of us do have that basic fear or distaste for this insect. If you can accept my theory that this reaction is part of our very genetic framework; I suggest this is so because following are “The Facts” associated with cockroaches and once you familiarize yourself with those facts I think you might agree that our so-called fear of this insect evolved inside of us for a very good reason.

Cockroaches can be far more than just an unsightly nuisance insect crawling around your kitchen, bathroom, or other areas of your home. They are known to carry serious diseases and have been proven to potentially spread 33 kinds of bacteria, including:

E. coli

Salmonella,

six parasitic worms

more than seven other types of human pathogens.*

These are very serious diseases and using the right product is very important. Recent studies have shown that many commonly used cockroach killers, even those used by professionals, no longer work. When you use a product that doesn’t work, it’s more than just wasting your time and your money.The longer a cockroach infestation is permitted to exist, the larger it grows and the larger it grows the greater the chance that disease will spread.

They have also been found to trigger an allergic reaction in many people, which in certain cases actually leads to the development of asthma in both adults and children.*

It has also been found that cockroach allergy was associated with more severe asthma among elderly asthmatics in New York City.* Cockroaches transmit these harmful microbes from contact with their body parts, saliva or feces and this can occur both from a cockroach coming in direct contact with a human or possibly even from touching something with which a cockroach had previously been in contact.

It is fair to say that humans affected with any of these things noted above, prior to modern medicine (even with modern medicine some people still die from some of these afflictions), could have found their very life at risk and our fears are not just some sort of hysterical reaction but a very real and important survival instinct.

Fortunately Dr Greengood’s Cockroach Bio-Cide Spray is available to safely and effectively treat your cockroach problems.It is 100% non-toxic to humans and pets (the environment too) and we are proud to say that it has been tested by the world renown American Academy of Entomological Sciences (AAoES)**. Dr. Greengood’s Cockroach Bio-Cide Spray has been found to be composed only of elements termed GRAS, Generally Regarded As Safe and at the same time effective in killing and controlling cockroaches, exactly as we claim.


*”THE TRUTH ABOUT COCKROACHES and HEALTH”, Dr. Jorge Parada, National Pest Management Association, December 4, 2012

**Testing Certification, Dr. Jeffrey Brown, American Academy of Entomological Sciences

*** Time Magazine, July 2015, pgs. 92,93, “What’s the world’s deadliest creature?”