Seeing cockroaches in your home is an unpleasant and potentially unnerving experience, but cockroaches can also pose dangers to you and your family. These nasty little critters tend to live in the most unsanitary places possible, like sewers, landfills, garbage cans, and more. As they make their way into your home, they carry bacteria and other disease-causing organisms with them. Here is a closer look at some of the dangers associated with roaches.
Allergies and Asthma
It has been estimated that 78-98% of urban homes have cockroaches. As these numbers continue to increase, the number of people with allergies to them also increases. Cockroaches produce a protein that can cause these allergic reactions. It can be found in feces, urine, molted skins, and other body parts. This protein gets lifted into the air, where it is breathed by humans. Symptoms of a cockroach allergy can include redness, itching, rashes, and respiratory distress, just to name a few. Individuals who are susceptible to asthma may also notice an increase in their symptoms due to the presence of roaches.
Although roaches are not a direct vector of diseases through bites, they are a common indirect vector when humans consume or touch items that have been contaminated by roaches. The World Health Organization has linked cockroaches to 40 different species of bacteria and says that roaches are carriers of microorganisms that cause diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, leprosy, e-coli, plague, typhoid fever, poliomyelitis, and more. Roaches spread these in your home through urine, feces, regurgitation, and saliva.
One of the biggest problems with having roaches in your home is food contamination. The diseases that are noted above can enter your food as roaches walk through it and eat it. Since roaches consume and live in sewage, garbage, and human waste, they can transmit all those germs and bacteria into your food as well. Finding roaches in your pantry may lead to major monetary loses, as contaminated food will need to be discarded.
If you need help with cockroach control, trust the professionals at Natural Pest Solutions to eliminate them quickly. Our knowledgeable technicians will develop a customized plan that may involve finding and sealing points of entry, discovering harborages, baiting, and residual pesticides.
Contributed by: Natural Pest Solutions – Experts in Cockroach and other pests.
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