We all know the inexplicable ability cockroaches possess to survive almost anything — they can even live up to one week without a head! But do these durable pests really pose a threat to humans?
The answer is yes, unfortunately, they do.
Cockroaches have many negative consequences for human health — the most common of which is caused by certain proteins found in cockroach feces, saliva, and body parts called allergens. These allergens trigger allergic or asthmatic symptoms, especially in children.
Cockroaches have also been implicated in the spread of 33 kinds of bacteria — including multiple E-Coli and Salmonella species, six parasitic worms, and more than seven other types of human pathogens.
So how do you keep your family safe?
We have a few suggestions…
- Keep counters, sinks, tables, and floors clean and free of clutter. Clean up dishes, crumbs, and spills right away.
- Store food in airtight containers, and always avoid leaving food out, including pet food.
- Seal cracks and gaps in walls, floors, and openings around or inside cabinets. Condo and apartment dwellers should seal gaps around plumbing, wall outlets, and switch plates.
- Scan children’s backpacks when they return home, as well as, grocery items before storing them.
If you start noticing cockroaches, or see them around, give us a call to inspect your home and see where your problem may be starting. Remember, these pests can be elusive and we’re here to help!