Friday, May 12, 2006

Enough to make your skin crawl

There are almost 4000 species of cockroach worldwide, apparently. Most live in tropical / subtropical forests and aren't considered a threat to public health. About 10 species, however, have adapted to human environments and become the 'pest' we know and hate, a carrier of diseases such as salmonella, typhoid, leprosy and even bubonic plague.

Penna Plc on behalf of Ecolab (world leader in commercial pest control) asked me to illustrate a series of recruitment ads for surveyors, technicians and sales executives. This one takes the form of a natural history display cabinet, with specimens lovingly collected and pinned down for scientific examination. The final sample Cockroachus Historicus has been brutally crushed: unlike the competition, Ecolab takes no prisoners.


Blogger Stephen Collins said...

Ug. Great concept and it looks lovely but I've had a thing about cockroaches - we had them in my flat not long ago and had to get pest control in. I've only just got over my Tuppaware addiction as a result (got to keep your foods safe, see...).

I've only just found this blog - didn't know you had one. lovely stuff here


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