That's what I told my therapist Dr. David W. Harder at the University of Michigan Psych Clinic in the early 1970s since roaches were embedded in my psyche as a symbol of my Dickensian childhood in Jersey City, New Jersey. They never left.
When doing a test for Hallmark for a writing job I created the greeting "Birthdays are like roaches. They just keep coming." Roaches didn't resonate with Hallmark either, though. I didn't get the job.
Roaches, which we never considered not co-existing with in Jersey City, still don't resonate with Everyman and Everywoman. CBS PHILLY reports that a Greyhound bus going from Atlantic City to New York City had to pull over after passengers reported an infestation of cockroaches. Another bus was delivered for the rest of the trip and the passengers were given a refund.