Remember the heroic images of rescue dogs sniffing through the rubble at 9/11’s ground zero? These canines rightfully shared the national spotlight with NYPD and NYFD.

Had these dogs been replaced with Madagascar hissing cockroaches, would we still have loved on them as much? We may soon find out.

Researchers at North Carolina State University are equipping roaches to be our next generation of first responders. These inventive geeks glue a transmitter to the roach, which guides the insect’s movement and provides data to the tech team as it scurries around.

Roaches meet the needs for this perilous job. They are hardy, specialize in maneuvering tight spaces and you can step on them when the mission is completed–saving taxpayers the expensive boarding and training costs required by dogs.