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How Dangerous Is It To Have Roaches In My West Palm Beach Home?

August 16, 2021 - Cockroaches

There is a not so fine line between pets and pests. Pets are creatures that are generally friendly and act as a companion to people. Pests exist only to cause trouble either in the form of annoyance or in other more serious ways. One example of a pest that will cause more trouble than just annoying you is the cockroach. This invasive insect poses serious risks to human health when left unchecked. To help you avoid the dangers these pests pose, here are some things to consider.

Why Roaches Are Dangerous

If roaches were bred in captivity and only fed controlled food items, they would not be dangerous creatures. In other words, they are not innately harmful. What makes these pests a threat is what they choose to eat and where they choose to go. A cockroach’s main function is to break down organisms. In the wild, these insects consume dead animals, which include their hair and nails. These pests also eat rotting foods, paper, and even things like glue. The problem with this is that many things these pests consume are covered with bacteria, pathogens, and parasitic worms. These sickness vectors are then spread over countertops and other areas that people commonly interact with.

What Diseases Do Roaches Spread

The German cockroach, a common cockroach species in West Palm Beach, spreads thirty-three different dangerous bacteria, seven human pathogens, and six parasitic worms. Other cockroaches carry many of these same sickness vectors. One thing this leads to is the spread of diseases. Some of the most common diseases you might contract from a roach infestation include salmonellosis, cholera, giardia, leprosy, listeriosis, campylobacteriosis, and dysentery.

Do Roaches Cause Asthma?

A cockroach sheds its skin several times before becoming an adult. This shed skin, along with this pest’s fecal droppings, breaks down into fine particulates. These particulates are then picked up into the air, transported through vents, and act like dust causing breathing irritation for people with asthma, allergic reactions, and other respiratory problems.

How To Prevent Roaches With DIY

DIY prevention is a great option if your home does not already have a cockroach problem. If you have some extra time on your hands and are willing to roll up your sleeves, here are some tips and tricks our experts recommend you put to good use.

  • Buy a caulking gun and some high-quality caulk. Then, search for holes, gaps, and cracks in your home’s exterior and seal them off. Do the same for spacing around window and door frames and utility pipes and wires that lead into your home.
  • Locate leaks inside and around your home and fix them.
  • Have your gutters cleaned yearly and make sure downspouts are properly channeling water away from your home’s exterior.
  • Keep your home as clean as possible by addressing food messes and drink spills as they occur.
  • Make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.

A Guaranteed Solution To Roach Problems

There are only two ways to ensure dangerous roaches get and stay out of your West Palm Beach home, and that is to hire a pest control professional or to dedicate yourself to becoming one yourself. If you don’t have the time, energy, or finances to take up this trade, consider getting the experts at Gulfstream Termite & Environmental Services involved. We will use advanced control solutions around your home and property to ensure these harmful pests stay outside where they belong. Contact us now to learn more about our comprehensive control options and find one that best fits your West Palm Beach home’s needs.

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