Scientists estimate that cockroaches have been on planet earth for more than 300 million years. They have incredible adaptive abilities to survive all types of climates and environments. The United States Environmental Protection Agency and World Health Organization have noted that cockroaches play a part in spreading disease and causing other health concerns.
The EPA reports that cockroaches carry bacteria that can cause salmonella, staphylococcus and streptococcus if deposited on food. The creatures are very quick and hide in lots of obscure places, so the fact that they can spread these harmful bacteria is quite concerning. The World Health Organization has noted that cockroaches also play a role in spreading intestinal diseases such as dysentery, diarrhea, cholera and typhoid fever. Cockroaches are often found in unsanitary places with poor health conditions, making the spread of these diseases even more harmful.
In addition to spreading disease, cockroaches are known to trigger allergy and breathing concerns, particularly for people suffering from asthma or other respiratory conditions. The enzymes found in the shedding body parts, eggs, saliva and excrement of cockroaches can pose a threat to these vulnerable populations. This allergy often affects children more than adults, making cockroaches especially difficult for children suffering from respiratory issues.
Cockroach Management Tips
To keep the presence of cockroaches away from your home or workplace, you can follow some simple protocols:
- Store food in airtight containers and off of the floor
- Clean up spills and crumbs immediately
- Do not keep dirty dishes in the sink, especially overnight
- Seal up cracks around foundation or in masonry on the exterior of the home
- Keep property clutter-free
- Do not overwater house plants
- Keep pets’ food in airtight containers and do not leave bowls out overnight
- Dust and clean often to keep cobwebs and dirt at bay
- Repair broken window or door screens
- Attend to leaky faucets and pipes immediately
- Do not leave standing water around home or building
- Remove garbage immediately and keep in stored containers
The treatment and prevention of a cockroach infestation not only provides sanitary benefits, but also has a real affect on the health and well-being of your family. Cockroaches are less likely to invade a space that is clean and tidy since they like to remain in hidden areas. Taking preventative measures to remove moisture and food sources will encourage the pests to find a safe haven elsewhere.
However, even the cleanest homes and buildings can find themselves with a cockroach infestation. If you find cockroaches around your property or want to set up preventative measures to keep them away, Target Pest Control is ready to help. Your home can be pest-free with a 30 day guarantee that our team will revisit if the pests return. Contact us today and one of our representatives will set you up with an inspection and create an integrated pest management plan to eradicate cockroaches or other pests from your property so that you will not have to worry about these creatures spreading disease where you live.