While introducing the Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, I mentioned that other translations of the being into which Gregor Samsa changed included insect and cockroach. I have also seen pest. However, the German word “Ungeziefer” does indeed mean vermin. It can mean the others, but only as a plural (if I’m reading things right) and clearly Gregor is singular. In fact, that is what alienation is all about anyway.