Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Cats are cute… but could we learn to love the cockroach?

They are the subject of nightmares and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! trials, but what is it about the cockroach that inspires katsaridaphobia (that’s the fear of them) even in Olympians? When they are not crawling up Fatima Whitbread’s nasal passage, is there really anything to fear?

‘People have a natural aversion to insects and other creatures living uninvited in their houses,’ said Dr George Beccaloni, a curator of cockroaches and related insects at the Natural History Museum and author of Big Bugs Life-size. ‘Pest cockroaches attack food and can spread diseases by carrying bacteria accidentally from one place to another on their bodies,’ he added. ‘I love cockroaches but would not like them to be “free range” in my house.’

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