Though they have long been a pest that causes one of the strongest reactions when discovered in a home, cockroaches are more than just unwelcome house guests. This pest poses severe health risks once indoors, especially an asthma trigger in children. We encourage you to take preventative measures to protect your family and property from the health threats associated with cockroaches.
Many people consider cockroaches as merely a household nuisance, but this pest is a hidden danger in homes. They can also spread food-borne disease like Salmonella by picking up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies and can aggravate respiratory systems
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reports that cockroaches are known to spread 33 different kinds of bacteria, six parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. The saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies of cockroaches contain allergen proteins known to trigger allergies and increase the severity of asthma symptoms, especially in children.
Cockroaches prefer warm, moist places with available food sources, so eliminating those attractive environments can help prevent cockroach infestations. It is recommended that the following steps can be taken to avoid cockroach infestations:
- Seal cracks around the outside of the home to prevent pest entryways.
- Properly ventilate basements and crawl spaces to eliminate harborage points.
- Vacuum frequently and remove garbage from around the home on a routine basis.
- Do not allow dirty dishes to accumulate in the sink and remain there overnight.
- Keep food in the refrigerator or in containers with tight-fitting lids to prevent contamination.
- Periodically check and clean the evaporation pan under the refrigerator or freezer.
- If you suspect you have an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment.