Cockroaches and Inventions
22 March 2009

This is with reference to the letter “Cockroach solutions” (KT, March 18). The writer wonders why no one has yet invented something that will eradicate cockroaches. It is doubtful if humans will ever be able to do so.

Cockroaches have been around for 350 million years and are likely to be here long after humans cease to exist. I once saw a Chinese man eating live cockroaches in a television programme. Humans, in future, may be compelled to consume this versatile insect in times of food shortage. Cockroach pudding, anyone?
Shakir Lakhani, Pakistan