COCKROACHES: A HIDDEN DANGER IN THE HOME

Rose Pest Solutions, Chicago, IL, highlights health risks posed by cockroaches

 

In the Home

Cockroaches are more than just a household nuisance; they are also significant danger in the home. Rose Pest Solutions warns that cockroaches can pose a health threat to humans by spreading many different types of bacteria that can increase asthma and allergy symptoms, especially in children.

At your Business

Roach invasions in your business, especially if you’re in the food industry, is even more risky. Think about the diners that could be affected by contamination due to the presence of this insect. Talk about humiliation… Not to mention, if a random inspector comes by, you could be shut down.

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The Risk

Cockroaches carry:

  • 33 different types of bacteria
  • 6 parasitic worms
  • 7 other human pathogens

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German cockroach, photo cred: Ricky Kluge

 

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reports that cockroaches are known to spread diseases like Salmonella by picking up germs on the spines of their legs. Furthermore, their saliva and droppings contain allergen proteins known to cause allergy flare-ups and increase asthma symptoms.

 

“During the colder months, the threat for accumulated cockroach allergens is elevated because people spend more time indoors, thus increasing their chances of encountering cockroaches,” said Rich Smith, Director of Pest Control Services for Rose Pest Solutions, Chicago, IL. “Since the temperatures are still dropping in certain regions across the country, it’s not too late for homeowners to take preventative measures to keep cockroaches out of the home.”

What to be aware of

NPMA experts advise homeowners that cockroaches prefer warm, moist places with available food sources, so it’s important to eliminate those attractive environments. Homeowners should pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms — especially under appliances and sinks — as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations. In addition, homeowners should vacuum frequently, and keep counters and floors clean at all times.

What to do if you have them

“If a cockroach infestation is suspected, a licensed pest professional will properly identify what species is present and recommend the best course of treatment,” added Smith.

  • Repair leaky faucets to eliminate moisture and water sources
  • Keep counters and floors clean, free of crumbs and food debris
  • Keep all food items in sealed containers, not exposed to elements
  • Inspect all grocery store items before putting them away in your cabinets or refrigerator
  • Vacuum often
  • Take trash out regularly

German cockroach pest control goes much farther than a one time treatment with a pesticide. It’s an ongoing commitment to cleanliness, and protecting your environment so that you and your family, or your employees and patrons aren’t exposed to harmful pest related health risks.

 

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German Cockroach Pest Control Options

Besides maintaining a clean household or business, there are options for ongoing protection for your home or business by a licensed professional.

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