Cockroaches should be feared by humans but this woman showed them who’s the boss.
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This video is not for the faint-hearted.
What’s your normal reaction when you see a cockroach?
A. Run away as if your life depended on it
B. Trap it or kill it with an object
Most of us don’t dare to touch the cockroach with our bare hands because let’s face it, the tiny hairs on their legs, their scary-looking eyes, the constantly moving antenna, and the squishy squashy body? Thank you, we’ll pass.
However, some people are just made different.
Superwoman? Is that you?
A TikTok user, @villa.lyla, has recently uploaded a ‘gruesome’ video of her trapping a cockroach with her bare hands.
@villa.lyla forgive me cockroach 🙏 #oggyandcrockroaches #lipasterbang #fyp ♬ Oggy and the Cockroaches – Hugues LeBars
She found a cockroach on a random bag in her house and proceeded to trap it with her hands (awesome fast reflects, we might add). Not only did she get it on tape but she even zoomed the camera to the roach and let us stare at it for a few good seconds. Thanks for that, we guess?
Then she threw the cockroach out of her window from the fifth floor of her high-rise building. Way to go cockroach exterminator!
To squirm or to be amazed?
Netizens in the comment section were quite stunned by the video. Some of them were grossed out and some greatly admired her for the bravery she possessed.
“I almost fainted”
“My soul jumped out of my body when she grabbed it”
“You would make an awesome wife-to-be”
Some were even confused as this is not a normal reaction should be like. Weren’t we the ones that should be scared of it?
She’s scared of the cockroach? Nope. The cockroach is scared of her.
Cockroaches are proven to be dangerous, pathologically speaking
As courageous as it seems (and we do applaud her for that), we hoped she washed her hands thoroughly after grabbing the poor creature.
Cockroaches are filthy animals for a reason. They live in filth, can eat whatever ‘food’ (cardboard, garbage, food scraps, faecal matter or even their own ‘friends’) they want and they carry pathogens harmful to humans.
Not only can they trigger asthma and allergies in some people, but according to the World Health Organization (WHO), they are carriers of intestinal diseases like diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery and typhoid fever.
They are also known to infect the food they touch with bacteria such as salmonella, staphylococcus, and streptococcus, as stated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
But as dangerous as they are, surprisingly, they have benefits too.
In nature, some animals depend on them for a food source. For us humans, they help us in medicinal science (cockroach antibiotics for certain diseases) and innovation technology (their efficient legs aid as a model in prosthetic and robotic applications).
Well, guess they’re not useless after all.
While we’re at it, here are some facts about cockroaches that you might not know.
So, next time you see a cockroach, what do you do? Dare to grab it with your bare hands or throw everything in your vicinity at it till it’s dead?