The Health Effects of Cockroaches

Roaches enter your home through pipes, the sewer and any other crack or crevice they can find. In fact, they can even hitch a ride in the grocery bags you bring home. Cockroaches can live anywhere in your home, which, unfortunately, provides an ideal environment and breeding ground because the house offers nesting sites, water and warmth. This means that cockroaches can stay active all year round, and this cozy environment means they reproduce quickly.

Roaches prefer to live in the dark and are a common home infestation problem, but also one of the most stubborn to get rid of for all of these reasons.

Cockroaches Can Cause Health Issues

Roaches create health problems. The skin they shed and their droppings can complicate allergies. Cockroaches can and will eat anything, so if you leave an open bag of food out, the roaches will get inside and deposit bacteria like salmonella or E. coli in your food.

Roaches are known for carrying diseases. They tend to be attracted to waste deposits in your home, like a kitchen garbage disposal or a bathroom. Roaches walk across contaminated surfaces and then carry germs to other places in your home.

Even worse, roaches regurgitate while feeding and that can infect surfaces and get into your food during meal preparation. They carry one bacterium called Pseudomonas aeruginosa which can cause digestive illnesses and urinary tract infections in humans.

Some cockroach species actually bite humans. While rare, this can happen and cause skin wounds that become infected.

Asthma is greatly complicated by cockroaches. The allergens they shed from skin and droppings can cause severe asthmatic reactions, some of which can be life-threatening in extreme cases.

Valley Pest Solutions

Just remember for every roach you see, there are likely many more hiding in your walls that you don’t see. If you see a roach, or see feces or egg casings, you likely have an infestation. Hiring a professional like Valley Pest Solutions is so important in staying healthy.

We will assess your home and design a specific program just for you. The size of the infestation and the species of roach you have will determine the length of time needed to get rid of these pests. Whatever your situation, we have the special equipment, insecticides and knowledge to eliminate your roach problem for good!