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Can cockroaches resist insecticides? A new study says, they soon will!

If it weren’t for their large, creepy, texture, cockroaches would have found some sort of acceptance within the human community. They appear largely unpleasing to the eye evoking a sense of discomfort for many. It is best you avoid any contact or seeing them at the very least.

Surely, there remains no disagreement that cockroaches are unacceptable insects for the majority of the people. If you are among the group of people who would keep a distance from them, then it is very likely that you have an insecticide at your place.

Perhaps because you grew up believing that insecticides work by killing any insect that comes in contact with it. Just spray and you have your job done, right?

But have you recently been startled by the fact that it sometimes does not seem to work on cockroaches? You have been spraying a whole lot of the amount but in the end to no result!

If that is the case, then nothing to be surprised about. This is exactly what researchers at Purdue University have observed in their recent findings. Cockroaches may soon prove to resist insecticides no matter what you do and what type of product you use.

Yes! There is all the more reason to be now worried about your least favourite insect! They may soon be multiplying and conquering different drain holes of your house.

It is better we wait for the medical science community to step in action and provide us with the needed solace.

Can Cockroaches resist Insecticides?

A group of scientists from Purdue investigated their hypothesis when they thought that insecticides no longer work on cockroaches. For that matter, through a powerfully driven electronic microscope, they observed different species of the insect found in the US.

What they found is believed to have not been known in the field of medical science before. Accordingly, the researchers found that cockroaches had developed immunity to insecticides.

They were able to resist not only the type of insecticide they were sprayed with but to a whole range of other similar products. This phenomenon is what experts refer to as developing a cross-resistance.

Moreover, the cockroaches may be able to pass the ability to their offspring. In a wider sense, that means the future generation of the species will remain fully protected from any insecticide. The worst part above all is that a female cockroach gives birth to almost 300 offspring in a single mating period.

The problem is of grave magnitude that demands an immediate alternative action plan. Given that insecticides will fail once the insect develops full resistance, it is important to come with a better plan.

One suggestion that can be put forward is to cross-mix the pesticide methods. If one insecticide fails to yield any result, combining it with another can be a big breakthrough. Scientists are currently manufacturing such a hybrid and awaiting the results once the product is fully underway.

Besides that, methods such as executing traps can also be put into place. Trapping is one way to go about the problem. It will ensure that cockroaches are unable to enter domestic abodes.


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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