Welcome to “Antonio Ipis,” a thriving Facebook community, which follows the travails and misadventures of a cockroach along with his many personas, and friends.
The online phenomenon which now has 46 thousand likes features the insect’s many personalities captured in photos, memes, and comic sketches.
“Ang page na ito (“Antonio Ipis”) ay tungkol sa kalokohan, katatawanan at pagpapahirap kay Antonio. Paalala po sa lahat, hindi po kami ang gumagawa o pumapatay sa ipis!” the account’s description stated. (This is a humor and mock page about making Antonio’s life miserable. Reminder to all: We don’t create or kill cockroaches.).
So far it looks like there is no stopping “Antonio Ipis” from taking flight as it is already looking for new admins to watch over its growing community of bashers.
Not only are cockroaches hated, they are also feared. So why not laugh about them instead?
According to a BBC feature story on 2014, people are “programmed to fear” ‘roaches – our intense dislike grows as we experience more encounters with the disdainful insect.
Jeff Lockwood, a professor of natural sciences and humanities at the University of Wyoming in an interview with BBC said that millions of people suffer from katsaridaphobia, or cockroach phobia.
“They’re defiant little bastards. Roaches are incredibly prolific, and hard to get rid of,” he was quoted to have told BBC.
Richard Kaae, an entomologist at California State University reinforced Lockwood’s phobia theory and said that cockroaches top the list of insects feared by humans.
“The vast majority of people incapacitated by roaches want to do everything possible to avoid them,” he said.
There are 4,000 species of cockroach that exist, according to Discover Magazine.
“They feed on just about anything, even their deceased brethren, but they do have a sweet tooth and prefer to eat sugary and starchy items such as sweets, cardboard and book-bindings,” according to the Science mag.
The horrific insect also serves as a “public transit” ferrying bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.
In fact according to Discover, there are over 30 species of bacteria on the cuticle and gut of roaches.
They also breed continuously. The German cockroach can breed at a rate of up to six generations a year.
To prevent roach infestations follow these four tips, advised by Sprague, a pest control company:
1) Dispose of the garbage regularly,
2) Remove all crumbs and food debris;
3) Sanitize food surfaces before and after each use;
4) Seal off exterior entry points like cracks and holes.