Are Cockroaches Dangerous?

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We all know roaches are disgusting. And it is doubtful that any human exists in Florida who actually likes having cockroaches in their home--yet we put up with them. But are they dangerous to have around? Here are the five things you need to know most about cockroaches.

  1. Cockroaches are connected to asthma. Studies have shown there is an increase in asthma symptoms in homes that have cockroaches. When cockroaches leave their droppings, shed parts, and saliva, they can trigger an allergic reaction. This issue can be exacerbated when cockroaches invade ventilation systems, and these particles become airborne.  

  2. Cockroaches are linked to stomach illness. These are dirty bugs. They are as at home in a dumpster or a sewage pipe as they are in a pantry or kitchen drawer. When cockroaches go from dirty places to food prep areas, pantry shelves, silverware drawers, and dish cabinets, they can spread harmful bacteria. And it doesn't help that they like to perch on the bristles of a toothbrush. Anywhere bacteria can be found, cockroaches are right at home. They squeeze in between your oven and cabinets, crawl around in your trash, walk on toilet rims, get into drains, and more.

  3. Cockroaches can bite. While these insects aren't prone to bite, they can and do bite when populations get large enough. Bites from roaches usually happen on the eyelids, as these insects like to nibble on eyelashes. These bites are usually red and swollen, due to the transfer of harmful bacteria from the cockroach into the wound.

  4. Cockroaches are also linked to human diseases. According to the World Health Organization, cockroaches are proven to, and suspected, of causing dysentery, cholera, leprosy, plague, typhoid, fever, and viral disease such as poliomyelitis.

  5. Cockroaches can carry the eggs of parasitic worms.  Cockroaches carry these eggs which can lead to problems with dermatological symptoms and respiratory problems.

Are cockroaches dangerous? Yes. And, while you can live with them in your home--and many people do, it is not a good idea. They are dirty insects that are drawn to decaying organic matter. When they get into a home or business they can be a significant factor for increased illness.

If you live in our Georgia or Northern Florida service area, let's sit down and talk about cockroach control. Modern pest control protocols work to reduce the many risks associated with cockroach infestation. At McCall Service, we provide cockroach pest control as part of our ongoing pest control service plans. Get a custom plan for your home or business and get ALL of those pests under control.

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