All Creatures Great and Small

Cockroaches / Pesticides

What are more dangerous, the pests or the pesticides? Let’s look at a common pest. Cockroaches are actually very beneficial as most of them live in forests where they make homes in rotting logs, leaf litter and similar areas. They are scavengers and decomposers as they get rid of decaying matter and replace it with nutrients that feed the soil and the plants. They are one of the world’s most important decomposers. Occasionally some roaches find their way into our homes. They can carry bacteria on their legs and if they walk through food, they can spread it. This is most important if they came up through the sewer system. They are not normally dirty as most people believe. They are obsessive about keeping clean. When they aren’t eating, they are resting and cleaning themselves. They are in reality, one of the cleanest animals around. If you have hundreds of roaches living in your house, they can compromise any allergies someone may have, but they don’t carry any dangerous diseases.

Pesticides on the other hand are potentially dangerous. Most pest companies use synthetic pyrethroids to spray homes. Some of them even claim they are safe as they are made from chrysanthemums. This is nonsense. Synthetic pyrethroids can cause children to develop leukemia and lymphoma and can cause pregnant women to have autistic children. Some companies just spray this pesticide along the baseboards in your home or business, which is a gimmick and has no meaning in pest control except to generate income. Some companies spray synthetic pyrethroids around the perimeter of your home or business where it will kill multiple organisms including beneficial ones. Even birds that eat insects that were sprayed with the pesticides can have bad reactions.

In reality, cockroaches have created more jobs than congress ever has. Ironically, most of those jobs were in the pesticide industry which is a far more dangerous organization then the cockroaches of the world.

You don’t have to live with cockroaches if you don’t want. There are plenty of safe and effective ways of controlling them without the use of pesticides. What are some? Well, beer and duct tape is very effective as are baits made from boric acid. Contact me at if you need any more information on controlling cockroaches or any other “pests”.

Pesticides are weapons of mass destruction. Pests, in most cases, are just nuisances that can be dealt with safely and effectively.


About askthebugman

I have been in the pest management industry for over 40 years. In that time I have used almost every pesticide available to control so-called “pests”. With this experience, I have learned over the years that the pesticides we use are far more dangerous than the pests we are trying to control. As a result, it has become a passion for me to improve the quality of life for humans and the planet, by assisting people to not only become more educated and aware of their environment – but also by learning to manage their home and business with a sustainable and healthier approach to tending to unwanted infestations of bugs. Please enjoy my blog posts, check out my publications, utilize my services, or simply stay in touch if you have a bug question…


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