Cockroach infestation can be a great nuisance.  But in addition to this problem, we have to ask questions about health concerns rising from cohabitating with these insects.  Do cockroaches carry diseases?  Yes they do… and some serious ones.  Because cockroaches feed on human excrement, they can carry polio, typhoid, giardiasis, and dysentery.  Also, their presence has been linked to asthma. 

A 2005 study found that children living in poorer urban areas in the United States were at greater risk of asthmatic illness from cockroach allergy than from allergies to dog or cat dander or to dust mite excretions.  Molting, feces and saliva all play a part in the process by which cockroaches can create an environment that favors asthma.  

 

A Roach on Wood

Much like the household fly, the cockroach will eat pretty much anything from food spills on a kitchen floor to fecal matter. Ingested bacteria can survive in the cockroach’s digestive system, for months or even years, and are passed in its droppings. Cockroaches will vomit and poop on food contaminating it. These diseases are then transmitted to humans when humans eat food contaminated by cockroaches.

Its for these reasons that it is important to have a professional exterminator treat your home for cockroaches when they are found.  There are many over the counter solutions that can be purchased, but these are problematic at best.  Cockroaches have developed an immunity to most of the over the counter pesticides.  These pesticides are almost always a repellant type of pesticide, which can force these pests into wall cavities where they will hide and multiply.  Once the pesticide wears off, the problem comes back, but now these pests are in much greater numbers. 

Do cockroaches carry diseases?  Absolutely.  So, if you are having a problem with cockroaches in your home or business, don’t hesitate to call TermMax Pest Control to help.  Contact Us today for a free estimate!

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