by Gail Appling

Have you ever wondered how roaches can impact your household if their presence is not addressed? No one likes the idea of roaches lurking in the cracks and crevices of their kitchen, bathroom or other areas of the home. These insects not only create an uncomfortable feeling and a certain amount of fear for many homeowners, but they also pose a very real threat to health and home.

Roaches and Your Health

Cockroaches can bite homeowners as well as can leave feces or mucus around the home. Some people can have serious allergic reactions to each or any of these things. The antigens produced by these agents or actions can also increase asthmatic symptoms in those who are prone to respiratory problems. If a roach’s waste is deposited or left near food that you and your family eats; germs and bacteria can easily cause sickness in humans. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), they “spread nearly 33 different kinds of bacteria…picking up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies.” The NPMA also warns that “cockroach allergens can trigger asthma attacks.” Cockroach allergens affect adults and children. These “allergens also may increase a child’s risk of developing asthma” according to both a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences & Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry.

Even more serious is the possibility that they are spreading threatening diseases. They can potentially spread hepatitis A, cholera, dysentery, and a variety of bacteria or viral infections. Parasitic worms can also be transmitted through these pests. Symptoms such as diarrhea, pussy or bloody stool, and abdominal cramps are just a few of the problems that these insects can cause.

Keeping Your Home Roach Free

In addition to creating possible health concerns when infiltrating your household, roaches can also impact the home itself. The unsanitary mess that could be under your refrigerator, hidden in corners behind appliances, and in other small inconspicuous areas can draw other types of insects and rodents as well. Once the roaches are gone, the aftermath must also be taken care of.

Any surface that roaches have access to can be infected with germs that can cause illness. If you have had roaches in your home, it is imperative that you sanitize all surfaces, including counters, floors, and walls once they have been exterminated. Pest control designed to kill roaches is simply not sufficient to remove the issues.

Damages to drywall and wood can also result from the presence of these bugs. Inspect your home for hidden holes where they may have eaten through the walls. When you find these areas, you may also realize that there are feces, eggs, bits of food and other messy particles that need to be removed, as these things can cause allergic reactions and the spread of disease.

It is highly recommended to have a professional exterminator inspect your home even if you are not sure if they exist. If any harmful pests exist, a professional can eliminate them right away and also help to prevent future problems from developing with a year-round protection package. It is also imperative to have an inspection right away if any other homes in the immediate area have experienced similar problems and received treatment. This is because your house can become a prime target since these pests will be looking for a new home.

For more information, visit Gail Appling’s company website, Bugmaster Termite & Pest Control or call 281-812-3532. Additional sources include: NYC.gov and AFHH.org.