A Hidden Danger in Your Home: Cockroaches
Cockroaches are more than just a household nuisance; they are also significant danger in the home. Hulett Environmental warns that cockroaches can pose a health threat to humans by spreading many different types of bacteria that can increase asthma and allergy symptoms, especially in children.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reports that cockroaches are known to spread diseases like Salmonella by picking up germs on the spines of their legs. Furthermore, their saliva and droppings contain allergen proteins known to cause allergy flare-ups and increase asthma symptoms.
During the colder months, the threat for accumulated cockroach allergens is elevated because people spend more time indoors, thus increasing their chances of encountering cockroaches. Since the temperatures are still dropping in certain regions across the country, it’s not too late for homeowners to take preventative measures to keep cockroaches out of the home.
Hulett experts advise homeowners that cockroaches prefer warm, moist places with available food sources, so it’s important to eliminate those attractive environments. Homeowners should pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms — especially under appliances and sinks — as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations. In addition, homeowners should vacuum frequently, and keep counters and floors clean at all times.
If a cockroach infestation is suspected, a licensed pest professional will properly identify what species is present and recommend the best course of treatment.