A pest that causes one of the strongest reactions when discovered in a home, is more than just an unwelcome house guest. The cockroach poses severe health risks once indoors.

Many people consider cockroaches as merely a household nuisance, but this pest is a hidden danger in homes. They can also spread food-borne disease like Salmonella by picking up germs on the spines of their legs. Their waste and body parts can aggravate respiratory systems by causing significant allergy problems in some people.

Cockroaches are known to spread 33 different kinds of bacteria, six parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. The saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies of cockroaches contain allergen proteins known to trigger allergies and increase the severity of asthma symptoms, especially in children.

We encourage homeowners to take preventative measures to protect your families and properties from the health threats associated with cockroaches. Cockroaches prefer warm, moist places with available food sources, so eliminating those attractive environments can help prevent cockroach infestations.

We recommend the following steps homeowners can take to avoid cockroach infestations:

  • Vacuum frequently and remove garbage from around the home on a routine basis.
  • Do not allow dirty dishes to accumulate in the sink and remain there overnight.
  • Keep food in the refrigerator or in containers with tight-fitting lids to prevent contamination.
  • Periodically check and clean the evaporation pan under the refrigerator or freezer.
  • If you suspect you have an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment.
  • Seal cracks around the outside of the home to prevent pest entryways
  • Properly ventilate basements and crawl spaces to eliminate harborage points.

As always, give us a call if you are having a pest problem and we will be happy to help.

Experts Warn Cockroaches Pose Serious Health Concerns in Wisconsin

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