07 Oct Big and Creepy
Lanelle screeched and dashed for a can of spray. Dropping to her knees, she sent some wisps of insecticide under the cupboard where she’d seen a flat, leathery body disappear.
“Environmental friendly,” she read on the label. ” Well, I certainly hope it clears that — that— that thing from my environment. It’s big and creepy!”
Most people feel the same way as Lanelle does about cockroaches. They are ugly and disgusting. They are dirty and they might carry diseases.
Cockroaches like dark, damp places and eat food, garbage, clothing, furniture, book bindings, and other insects. Even though, they look enormous, their bodies are actually quite thin, and they can slide through tiny cracks and into surprisingly narrow hiding places. They are also very fast, and on their strong, equal-sized legs they can outrun almost every other insect.
At night when it’s dark they like to roam about, clambering over cupboards and into anything that seems to be a good place to find food. They have been found inside refrigerators, microwave oven doors, and even in the microphone for a ham radio. But if they happen to be out and about and a light is turned on, they scurry for cover and quickly go into hiding.
Usually they can be kept out of the house by having everything clean and dry and by using roach killers in their favorite hiding places. But they’re very hardy, very persistent, and very good at sneaking in along water pipes and then hiding out in cracks around sinks or other places where it’s warm and moist. Sometimes they will ride in on fruit or vegetables and then just hid any old place, and just when you’re sure they have all been cleaned out, another one suddenly comes scurrying out of some unexpected spot.
I’ve never heard of any “save the cockroach” campaigns, nor have I read about the good they do. What’s in them? They are like sin. They have a habit of showing up when you least expect them.
What are some other ways that cockroaches are like sin? What is the best way to deal with sin?