Following on from our article last week about how the benefits of wasps are widely overlooked, this week it’s the turn of the cockroach to have its moment of fame!
Known for their creepy, crawly behaviour and their ugly appearance, cockroaches are one of the pests that are commonly thought to be a useless nuisance. A nuisance they may be, but you may be surprised to find out they are not useless.
The Benefits of Cockroaches
Although cockroaches in your London kitchen may not be able to put their best uses into action, cockroaches out in the wild have a list of benefits that they contribute to nature.
The main benefit is the fact that cockroaches are foodies! They will eat anything, and can eat anything. Cockroaches are able to eat parts of flora out in the wild that other animals and insects cannot. By digesting them, breaking them down and then excreting the waste, they contribute heavily to the ecosystem, most noticeably the nitrogen cycle.
Not only this, cockroaches have the potential to provide medical cures in the years to come. It has been found by medical researchers that the cockroaches ability to live in highly unsanitary conditions, eating whatever they find, means that they can produce strong natural forms of antibiotics. Their hardy natural defences are able to ward of powerful antibiotic resistant bacteria, such as MRSA.
Even more astonishingly, scientists are looking into the theory that the efficiency of cockroach legs will contribute evolving research and progress in robots, medical prostheses and mechanical limbs.
The Risks of Cockroaches
All of this considered, Top Dog Pest Control urges London property owners to remember the risks of this pest and to report a cockroach control problem, rather than starting to harbour them for medical research!
Transmitting various diseases such as salmonella, dysentery and typhoid fever, they can make London residents very ill indeed. Also causing allergies and aggravating asthma, they can pose a real risk to those vulnerable to these conditions.
Cockroaches have been around for so long that they are now becoming resistant to toxins used in cockroach control treatments. This is why you need the real experts at Top Dog Pest Control when you discover you have a London cockroach control problem, so that their industry-trained technicians can pull on their vast experience to treat your cockroach issue effectively and quickly.
Bet You Never Knew…
Just to finish off, here are a few cockroach facts that we bet you never knew:
- the force with which a cockroach can bite with is 50 times its own weight
- there are 4500 different species of cockroaches
- cockroaches have been around longer than dinosaurs
- 99.7% of cockroaches live out on the wild, far away from human life
Author: This article was written by Dean Mannion, Senior Pest Control Technician for Top Dog Pest Control. Top Dog London Pest Control provides London cockroach control services.