Cockroaches are considered major insect pests in most countries around the world, and they are particularly numerous within the United States. Unlike most insects, cockroaches are not necessarily picky about their living conditions. Although roaches prefer to dwell within dark and moist conditions, the insects are able to survive for a full month without food and a week without water. Given their easy access to homes and other indoor areas, roach populations often survive winter freezes. To illustrate the remarkable durability of these insects, a resident of Gwinnett County, Georgia found roaches crawling along the tiles that border a swimming pool located within an aquatic center. Despite being constantly bombarded with copious amounts of chlorinated water, the insects would not die. The woman who found the roaches had taken her child to the pool for swimming lessons. Once she found the insects she did not hesitate to whip out her phone in order to capture video evidence of the infestation, as there were numerous roaches to be found.
The video footage that the woman captured on her cell phone made its way to a local news station in Gwinnett. Upon witnessing the disturbing sight on television, several parents who regularly take their children to the pool were disgusted with what they were seeing. In response, officials with the Bogan Aquatic Center claimed that recent heavy rains had been drawing insects into the building, most of which they claimed were cockroaches. The roaches could be seen swimming in the water and crawling all over the pool deck. The assistant director of the aquatic center claimed, after receiving an earful of complaints from locals, that the center’s staff had been pressure-washing a mixture of chlorine and water in order to eradicate the unwanted guests. Not long afterward, officials with the aquatic center announced the eradication of all cockroaches within the building, but many residents are likely hesitant to return to the pool.
Have you ever found a living insect within a public swimming pool?