Protecting Your Home Against Roaches Is Important
Many people associate cockroaches with dirt and filth, and thus mistakenly think they are safe from these pests because their house is clean. The truth is, roaches do not discriminate and will (and do) set up residence in any home that provides them with food, moisture and shelter. While an unkept home is a haven for roaches, all they really need is a few crumbs and a leaky pipe to keep them happy.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
Most people find these crawly pests offensive both due to their appearance and the stench they leave behind, but that's not the biggest problem with cockroaches. Even though they rarely bite, roaches pose a health risk to you and your family as they promote disease and trigger allergic reactions.
What diseases do cockroaches carry?
Cockroaches have nasty habit of regurgitating the contents of their stomachs when they feed, which means they can contaminate your food with a host of pathogens. According to Pest World, roaches are thought to spread 33 different types of bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. E. coli and salmonella are responsible for food poisoning and other gastrointestinal issues. In addition, roaches carry six types of parasitic worms and seven other human pathogens. Roaches are also a common trigger for asthma and allergies as they leave behind fecal matter, old shells and shed exoskeletons that contain allergens.
How do you know if you have cockroaches?
Cockroaches are nocturnal and hide during the day. When the sun goes down and lights go off, these sneaky critters come out to forage and feed. If you observe bugs scurrying under the fridge or stove when you turn on the kitchen light, you probably have a roach problem. Although they are not limited to the kitchen area, it is a common location. You might also find roaches in the bath or laundry room, especially if you have leaky pipes. If you are unsure whether you have a roach problem, call your local pest control service. Many pest control companies will provide a free inspection to determine the extent of your problem.
How do you get rid of cockroaches?
Roaches are notorious for their resistance to home methods used to eradicate them. Your local pest control company can assist you in determining whether a whole home extermination is required to rid your house of roaches. Home products might be able to take care of the problem if the infestation is light and you take the necessary measures to prevent a re-infestation.
How do you prevent cockroaches from coming back?
There are a number of things you can do to make your home uninviting to cockroaches, including:
- Seal cracks around walls, along floors and around pipes to prevent roaches from entering your home
- Fix any leaky faucets and pipes that could be providing roaches with a source of moisture. Check the area around all drains and water pipes
- Keep food in an airtight container and out of reach of roaches
- Do not leave open food on the counter (or in the cabinets)
- Wipe down counters, wash all dishes and wipe out the sink before retiring for the night
- Keep floors swept and mopped
- Remove stacked papers and boxes from the home. These provide a hiding place for roaches and even provide a source of food.