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Cockroach prevention tips

 

  • Seal cracks around the outside of the home to prevent pest entryways.Top 5 ways to Rid Your Home of Roaches
  • Properly ventilate basements and crawl spaces to eliminate harborage points.
  • 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.

A closer Look at German Cockroaches

The German cockroach is by far the most important and usually the most common of the cockroaches. In addition to being a nuisance, the German cockroach has been implicated in outbreaks of illness and allergic reactions in many people. This species has worldwide distribution.

Habits

German cockroaches can be found throughout structures but show a preference for warm and humid places. They are usually found in kitchens and secondarily in bathrooms, but infestations often occur in rooms where people eat and drink

Habitat

German cockroaches prefer to live in cracks and crevices near food sources and spend 75% of their time in such harborages. German cockroaches prefer to live close to sources of food and water, hence their affinity for residential and commercial kitchen environments.

Threats

Cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. They can pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then carry these into food or onto food surfaces. Germs that cockroaches eat from decaying matter or sewage are protected while in their bodies and may remain infective for several weeks longer than if they had been exposed to cleaning agents, rinse water, or just sunlight and air. Medical studies have shown that cockroach allergens cause lots of allergic reactions, especially in children. They were even shown t cause asthma in children. These allergens build up in deposits of droppings, secretions, cast skins, and dead bodies of roaches.

Lack of Consumer Knowledge About Cockroaches & Asthma

A national study on factors that affect asthma in inner-city children shows that cockroach allergens appear to worsen asthma symptoms more than other known triggers.  This study, funded by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is the first large-scale study to rank asthma triggers according to severity.

 

Additionally, a 2005 research study, sponsored by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), shows a disparity in homeowner knowledge about this link.  Only 10% of homeowners nationwide feel that cockroaches are a threat to their family’s health.

Fortunately for homeowners, there is a solution for this asthma trigger.  Professional pest control services are proven to reduce cockroach populations, which in turn, reduces the number of allergens that trigger children’s asthma attacks.

This sentiment was echoed by NIEHS Director Kenneth Olden, Ph.D in recently published articles where he cites “proven exterminating techniques” as a key component in reducing allergen populations.  While that is true, It is vital that these proven techniques are completed by a professional pest control company with the training and certifications necessary to treat the infestations.

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Pest Control Industry Research Shows Lack of Consumer Knowledge About Cockroaches & Asthma

NEW NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES STUDY REINFORCES CONNECTION BETWEEN COCKROACHES & ASTHMA

Additional Pest Control Industry Research Shows
Lack of Consumer Knowledge About Cockroaches & Asthma

A national study on factors that affect asthma in inner-city children shows that cockroach allergens appear to worsen asthma symptoms more than other known triggers.  This study, funded by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is the first large-scale study to rank asthma triggers according to severity.

Additionally, a 2005 research study, sponsored by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), shows a disparity in homeowner knowledge about this link.  Only 10% of homeowners nationwide feel that cockroaches are a threat to their family’s health.

Fortunately for homeowners, there is a solution for this asthma trigger.  Professional pest control services are proven to reduce cockroach populations, which in turn, reduces the number of allergens that trigger children’s asthma attacks.

This sentiment was echoed by NIEHS Director Kenneth Olden, Ph.D in recently published articles where he cites “proven exterminating techniques” as a key component in reducing allergen populations.  “While that is true,” comments It is vital that these proven techniques are completed by a professional pest control company with the training and certifications necessary to treat the infestations.

For further information, visit bugbustersusa.com and www.pestworld.org.

Leaping cockroach jumps as high as a grasshopper

Michael Marshall, reporter

If you like to avoid cockroaches, it may be rather difficult to stay clear of Saltoblatella montistabularis, a species that can jump. Malcolm Burrows of the University of Cambridge, UK and his team are investigating how far the roaches can leap and found that they can jump a distance of 35 centimetres, or about 48 times their own body length.

Lab studies revealed that the cockroaches experience accelerations of up to 23 g. “If you place one is in a glass vial and it jumps, you can hear a ting noise as it hits the top of the container,” says Mike Picker, a member of the team. They have evolved enormous hind legs much like those of grasshoppers, allowing them to jump in a similar fashion and rely on hopping as their main form of locomotion.

The species was first spotted on Table mountain in South Africa in 2006. It was formally described for the first time last year.