House Enemy Number 1: Cockroaches

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Cockroaches are scary, not only because of the way they look, but because of what they carry with them. Roaches are hosts to 33 different kinds of bacteria that include the fatal e-coli. Sometimes homeowners see a cockroach scurrying around but don’t pay them any attention. One cockroach on the floor means many more behind the cupboard. Moreover, they spawn very fast. Oftentimes an exterminator is needed when there is a cockroach infestation.

Health risks cockroaches bring

A cockroach problem could spiral out of control very fast. One female cockroach can lay up to 4 egg capsules, every month.  Each capsule can contain up to 50 eggs. Just one female cockroach can infest a house in just a few months.  As they crawl all over the dishes, spoons and fork, they leave behind many nasty bacteria. Among the diseases that cockroaches can spread are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dysentery
  • Cholera
  • Leprosy
  • typhoid fever
  • viral diseases such as poliomyelitis

The diseases mentioned above are very serious conditions. If left untreated, they can cause fatality and lots of suffering for the patient.

Simple ways to keep cockroaches away

There are several ways to keep cockroaches from entering a person’s house.    The most effective is cleaning the surroundings. Cockroaches love dark and moist environment. This is the reason why people often see them in basements, bathrooms, backyards, kitchens, under the sink, or near the creek or drainage system.  By making sure that these dark places are clean, dry, and well-lit, cockroaches will stay away and there won’t be any need to call for an exterminator from a pest control company.

Cockroaches are also attracted to garbage, where they can scavenge for food.  Simple actions such as covering the garbage will help prevent a cockroach infestation.  Leaky plumbing can also cause an influx of roaches.  Plumbing problems can sometimes create a moist environment that cockroaches love. Plumbing pipes should be constantly checked for leaks.

Don’t ignore cockroaches

One of the mistakes many people make when they see a single cockroach in their house is ignoring it.  Soon the single cockroach will reproduce and in no time, a full-blown cockroach infestation will be in effect in the house.  There are many cases where people were actually driven from their homes because of uncontrollable cockroach problem.  When you see cockroaches in your home, address the pest problem right away. Start with cleaning your house.

Contacting exterminators from a trusted pest control company is the better option when there is already an infestation. Cockroaches are quite difficult to kill. A cockroach can live for days with its head cut off. It can live for weeks even when its intestine is exposed and is being dragged on the floor.  Pest control companies will use safe chemical insecticides to stop a cockroach infestation.

Cockroach invasion of a person’s house is a big problem and they may cause many health problems. Remember, the two most effective ways to keep most pests especially cockroaches away is by keeping your home and surroundings clean and letting professional exterminators regularly check your house for any potential signs of pest presence and infestation.

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