Often dogs are credited as “man’s best friend,” but I beg to differ. I offer you instead the humble roach.
The usually and immediate reaction to the word “roach” (or the actual specimen) is disgust and panic. I will fully admit that I don’t love them in our garage and that they give me the creeps when they skitter across the driveway, but I DO enjoy not being waste high in detritus.
Cockroaches are nature’s decomposers and are essential for returning nutrients to the soil. They take one man’s trash – namely, yours – and turn it into little ecological treasures.
Additionally, roaches make tasty treats for reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, other insects, and several mammals. Not surprisingly, humans don’t love them (but have been known to eat them, though not frequently). This is not because humans don’t like to eat bugs, but rather because of the particular taste of roaches which is similar to ammonia. If you ever do decide to partake, know that they have three times as much protein as chicken.
Roaches are also good pollinators. In fact, the first pollinators were beetles, not bees. They are also the most frequently used speciments in the study of insect behavior, anatomy and physiology.
So in review, if you DON’T like being waste high in debris, but you DO like growing plants and eating, you must love the roach.