Internet Backs Teenager Putting ‘Over a Hundred Cockroaches’ in Parents Bed

A young girl earned praise online after laying a collection of over a hundred cockroaches on her parents’ bed.

The actions of the 16-year-olds may have seemed extreme to an outside observer, but as she explains in a post on Reddit’s “Am I the A ** hole” subreddit, after a long period of personal agony, they represent the last resort.

According to the Post, the problems started some time ago.

“I had asthma symptoms a few years ago, but the only time I was unable to breathe was when I tried to sleep,” she wrote. “I was taken to all kinds of specialists and given various allergy medications because they could only tell us that it must be an allergy.”

At around the same time, she said she had also seen “an occasional cockroach” in her room. She didn’t think about it much at first, but then she noticed that the air from the vents in her room “started to smell musty” and she began to see “more and more cockroaches”.

Since then, she’s estimated to see up to 20 cockroaches in her room a day. However, when she told her parents about the problem, they apparently accused her of “being dramatic” and refused to call an exterminator to look into the problem, although she suspects her presence was related to her persistent breathing problems.

The young teenager paints a disturbing portrait of her life next to these insects. “I can hear them crawling through the walls of my room,” she said. “They are in my bed, I can feel them crawling on top of me while I try to fall asleep.”

She said she tried again to alert her parents to the situation by “taking a picture of everyone I killed” and sending them, but they got angry and scourged her for “taking her to the.” Harassed work ”.

Desperate times called for desperate measures.

“For the past week, I’ve kept the dead in bags that were marked with the date and then the number of cockroaches,” she said. “In seven days there were 118 of them. I threw all the little bags on my parents’ bed.”

She said her parents’ actions became “stupid”. While they have agreed to set some “traps” in their room since the incident, the teen said she was grounded as a result, and her parents expressed disappointment with her for “overreacting” to the problem.

She is guilty of the situation because, as she states, they are “otherwise good parents”. Yet the majority of the people who responded to the Reddit post, which received positive reviews 15,000 times, felt it was right to respond the way they did.

Mari_Toujours asked the teenager to “tell a teacher and show him the photos so he can call DCF”. [Department of Children and Families]. That will surely make your parents take action. “

GoodGirlsGrace agreed, writing that it was “time to bring in a trusted adult”.
“Cockroaches can be harmful to your health,” they said. “They’re especially bad for asthma. You don’t want to get sick just because your parents refuse to get an exterminator.”

DrBoomkin hit the girl’s parents for their lack of response. “If cockroaches crawl over a child at night and the parents do nothing about it, it is a clear sign of neglect and danger to the child,” they commented. “It’s not a small problem, it’s very serious.”

Laurelinn, meanwhile, expressed her sympathy that the teenager had to endure what “sounds absolutely terrible”. “I feel sick just reading this post,” they commented. “I’m sorry you had to go through this.”

Elsewhere, Fantastice-Love-6080 noted that the “sad part” was that, ultimately, for every cockroach that it sees, “there are a dozen you don’t see”. “They clearly already have a severe infestation that is not easy to clean up,” they warned. “It’s only a matter of time before they’re alive and dead in your food.”

According to the American Lung Association (AAA), cockroach allergens behave like house dust mite allergens and cling to heavier particles that settle quickly.

“These allergens don’t stay in the air long,” they add. “Activities like vacuuming can stir up allergens that have settled in dust or fabrics.” They say that cockroach allergen is most often inhaled through inhalation of dust or allergens that “have been collected in pillows, bedding, or other dust-binding material”.

The topic of cockroach allergens is of particular concern in young children, according to the AAA. “Not only do cockroach allergens trigger asthma and allergies, the researchers are also investigating evidence that early exposure to cockroach allergens can actually cause asthma in preschool children,” they warn.

News week has requested a comment from the original poster.

Parenthood has been the focus of several notable controversies on social media recently. In one case, a mother and father turned to the wrath of the internet after forcing their teenage daughter to garden despite lying on the ground with a sprained knee.

In another notable incident, a mother received praise after threatening a Christmas strike if her demanding stepdaughter came to stay.

A group of cockroaches.
Stock image of a swarm of cockroaches – a young man was commended for dousing bugs on his parents’ bed.
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