Company offering $2,500 to release 100 cockroaches in your home
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Feeling brave? A pest control company is offering a participant $2,500 to release 100 cockroaches in their home - though there are some catches.
The Pest Informer issued a press release detailing its offer and how you could be the lucky - or unlucky - participant.
“As technology advances, we’re always looking for the newest and greatest ways to get rid of pests (cockroaches specifically),” the company said in its press release.
“In this study, we’re willing to pay one homeowner $2,500 for us to release American Cockroaches into your home, and test out a specific pest control technique, to be able to gauge how effective this treatment is.”
Unfortunately for those hoping to cash in a quick buck and leave them to it for a few days, you are certainly out of luck.
Explaining the rules of the study, the company said: “You must own the home or have written approval from the homeowner.
“You must be 21 years or older to qualify.
“You must be located in the Continental United States.
“All tested cockroach treatments will be family and pet safe.
“You must not try any additional cockroach treatments during the duration of the study.
“At the end of the study, if the cockroach infestation hasn’t been eliminated, we will use traditional cockroach treatment options at no cost to you.
“The duration of this study will be approximately 30 days.”
The length of the test is definitely what left me shuddering the most.
If you think this would still be no problem, the company invites anyone who fits the criteria to fill out the application form.
If the money isn’t enough to sway you, it is important to note that experts have been warning for years that cockroaches are becoming more immune to the traditional methods used when it comes to pest control.
A 2019 study from researchers at the Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, found evidence that the German cockroach species is getting harder to kill. This comes as pests across the globe are becoming more resistant to different types of insecticides.
“Cockroaches developing resistance to multiple classes of insecticides at once will make controlling these pests almost impossible with chemicals alone,” the lead author Michael Scharf said in a statement.
So, if nothing else, consider taking one for the team and helping us all out.