We all know that cockroaches are annoying, invasive pests. But, did you also know that they can carry a variety of diseases that can affect human health? This is because certain proteins, also known as allergens, are found in cockroach saliva, feces and body parts that can cause allergic reactions and even trigger asthma, particularly in children.
Cockroaches are experts at passively transporting microbes on their bodies, including pathogens that could be dangerous to humans. Cockroaches have been known to spread up to 33 different kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella, six parasitic worms and more.
How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches & Protect Your Health
It is possible for people to protect their health by mitigating cockroach problems through barrier exclusion and cleanliness. Barrier exclusion is a type of cockroach prevention technique where you seal up small cracks in walls and open spaces, near electrical sockets and up through drain traps. You can also prevent cockroaches from entering your NY, NJ or CT home by regularly keeping it clean and sanitary.
Here are some household steps you and your family can complete around the house that may help rid your home of cockroaches:
- Keep all of your counters, sinks, tables and floors clean and clutter-free. Also, remember to clean crumbs, spills and dishes right away.
- Never leave food out (including pet food) and store all of your food in airtight containers.
- Seal gaps and cracks in walls, floors and openings in cabinets. If you live in a condo or apartment, you can seal gaps around your plumbing, wall outlets and switch plates.
- Run water occasionally in sinks you don’t use.
- Check children’s backpacks when they return home from school, as well as grocery bags, before putting them away.
If you have followed these tips and are still experiencing a cockroach infestation in your NY, NJ or CT home, call J.P. McHale Pest Management, Inc. today. We would be happy to visit your home and assess your cockroach problem.