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Interesting Question for George Manning about Cockroaches

Here was an interesting question:

If you look at animals such as shrimp, lobsters, crayfish, crabs, scorpions, cockroaches, etc they are all cousins to each other in the animal kingdom. I can look at all of these animals and not think much of them. But why is it that when I see a cockroach, just the sight of one wants to make me vomit? Those things are so disgusting... even though they are harmless and do not bite or attack humans (unlike their cousins, they are actually more scared of us than we are of them) But the roach just gives me a disgusted feeling of utter revulsion and goosebumps all over my body. Any clues as to why this is? Could it be that a cockroach is linked to poor hygiene?

You are asking an interesting question. I will draw from my own observations. Have you ever watched a Praying(Preying)Mantis turn its head to follow your movements, while the rest of the body remained motionless? As a youngster, I did get an eerie feeling that the critter was watching my every movement---almost human-like behavior to me. The cockroach will also watch you in certain instances, in the same way moving its head to follow your movement. Of course, with a sudden quick move, you'll cause the critter to run. Since they appear as if from nowhere, one can get the feeling that roaches, as invaders, hold some power over one, since they come and go as they like. When you look for them, they may be displaying their antennae only, waving, to and fro, as the rest of the body remains hidden in a crack or crevice. The mere fact that they can multiply in increasing numbers, partake of your food supply, defecate anywhere, can gross someone out. How about their ability to be a vector of microscopic disease organisms? I once visited a Florida trailer park. I noticed that all the children living in one particular trailer home were without eyelashes, and eyebrows; entering the home, pushing open the screen door, caused thousands of roaches to move out of the way. I soon discovered that every conceivable crack, crevice, and void was occupied by roaches. The ones on the floor were not able to hide since all areas were already occupied by their fellow roaches. With that, I knew that the roaches had eaten the lashes and eye brows of the children living in that trailer. I hope to not have contributed to further "creep-out", but you just set me up to write this. thanks to you, it will now be available for the World to read. If I can be of any positive help, please let me know.

Best wishes, George Manning

Consulting Entomologist

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