Are Cockroaches Bad for My Health?

Nobody wants cockroaches in their living space. They’re dirty, unsightly, and all-around unpleasant. But aside from the “gross-out” factor, do cockroaches pose any immediate dangers?

The answer is a resounding “yes”. Here are just a few of the health risks posed by sharing your living space with cockroaches:

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Disease

Cockroach bodies (especially legs) make excellent homes for all sorts of dangerous microbes and worms, and it certainly doesn’t help that these filthy creatures will so readily walk through any animal feces, animal corpses, and rotting garbage that they may encounter in or near your property. Roaches have been implicated in the spread of dozens of viruses and bacterial varieties, many of which can be quite unpleasant for humans and a few of which (such as Salmonella or E. coli) can, in rare cases, even be fatal.

Asthma

Cockroach shells, saliva, and droppings contain antigens that are known to trigger asthma attacks in many individuals, and are just the right size to become airborne and make their way into the respiratory system. It has even been theorized that childhood exposure to these antigens may increase the incidence of developing asthma. As such, extraordinarily quick removal of a cockroach infestation is important not only to those with asthmatic tendencies already, but also those with families or any particularly sensitive or impaired immune systems. Even after the pests are dead, don’t forget to thoroughly wash and vacuum the surfaces and crevices of your property.

How Can I Prevent or Eliminate Cockroach Infestations?

Roaches are notoriously skittish and very quick to reproduce. If you observe (directly or indirectly) evidence of a cockroach infestation in your property, it’s a pretty good indicator that the problem is already serious, and the first step should be calling a pest control specialist.

There are a number of steps you can take in the meantime to control the problem, including:

  • Securing all food in tightly-lidded containers
  • Covering, and frequently emptying, trash/recycling/compost bins
  • Keeping floors clean and clear of food waste
  • Reducing moisture and eliminating water leaks in the property, especially in the basement and under major appliances
  • Sealing any cracks and holes under doors and within walls

All of these steps are important in preventing initial infestations as well. Try to make them into regular habits.

Strategic Industries is the premier provider of Atlantaarea pest removal services. If you’re concerned about an infestation or simply want to learn more, give us a call today.