All Cockroaches Directly Transmit Disease-Causing Microorganisms: Myth
It’s a common notion that cockroaches, given their predisposition to inhabiting filthy environments, are harbingers of various diseases. While this is mostly accurate, are these disgusting creatures inherently disease ridden? Let’s find out in this month’s fact or fake.
It’s no secret that cockroaches have never met a meal they didn’t like, even when it’s at the bottom of a dumpster. Outside of the food humans eat, these pests get their sustenance from decaying plants, dead animals, and even fecal matter. They will eat virtually anything and have been known to dine on paper, glue, and even human and animal hair. Their process of eating all these things includes regurgitating their saliva and fluids from prior feasts, which can be riddled with germs and bacteria that can survive in their digestive system or be transported to their legs and other parts of their body.
When it comes to transmitting diseases such as staphylococcus, salmonella streptococcus and more, the cockroaches are merely the carriers. They don’t directly create illnesses like a mosquito or flea, which directly transmits disease organisms as they feed on a host. Rather, the bacteria cockroaches have already been in contact with can contaminate things and cause subsequent health problems. If a cockroach were raised in a completely sterile environment free of bacteria or other disease-causing microorganisms, they wouldn’t pose a threat for a disease. With the growing number of cockroaches in the world, it’s a safe bet that the majority carry and may transport some disease-causing organism – it just isn’t something they’re directly causing themselves.
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“American Cockroaches” Penn State College