Filed Under (General) by Rob on 01-11-2007

And that’s not roasted and dipped in honey!!!


These wee beasties were out in our back yard with about five others last night, so I sprayed ’em. Today, I went out there and found these three lying on their backs, dead! (Okay, okay, I admit I lined them up for the benefit of the photo!) As African insects go, cockroaches are some of the least agreeable, although they don’t bite or give you malaria, which is something. They just don’t look nice and the way they walk is kinda creepy. Some of them even FLY!!!

At the moment, we’re finding two or three a week in our house, mostly around Micah’s bedroom!! Here’s another post about cockroaches and other ‘invaders’ to our house, and don’t forget to look at the creepy crawlies album in the gallery if you like that sort of thing!

INTERESTINGLY, some people eat cockroaches – YUK!!!!! Click here for a YouTube video of a bloke doing just that (not for the faint-hearted). Also, the Congo Cookbook has various recipes with insect ingredients, including termites, grasshoppers, caterpillers and ants but no cockroaches as far as I can see. My advice is don’t try this at home (or even as somebody else’s house!!) In fact, I’ve just found this article, which has a lot about eating insects but says eating cockroaches can be dangerous:

Some Isaan folk believe that eating cockroaches can cure certain illnesses. But this insect…is a real health hazard even if cooked before being eaten…the cockroach spreads disease because it is host to a number of dangerous viruses and bacteria and a carrier of parasites like Raillietina sisiraji and Moniliformis which can cause stomach ache, diarrhoea, tiredness and hallucinations.

So there you go – you have been warned!!

3 Comments posted on "Cockroaches…the way I like them!"
anne on November 2nd, 2007 at 5:22 pm #

they look like dr who monsters!

Lynne Ranson on November 18th, 2007 at 1:27 am #

I HATE COCKROACHES!They are the most disgustingly vile creatures ever! It’s the way they run really fast towards you and how evil they look. I detest them and am glad I live in a country which they have not yet discovered. My worst ever moment was when someone told me they could fly – why would you tell that to someone? why? why?!

lau on December 3rd, 2007 at 9:30 am #

not healthy to eat? shoot. guess i have to change my dinner plans 🙁