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The Dangers Roaches Bring To Your Redding Home

May 13, 2021 - Cockroaches

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No one is immune to the fear caused by a random cockroach skittering across a kitchen floor at 2:00 a.m., not a bodybuilder, not a stay-at-home mom, not even wrestlers. All jokes aside, there is just something terrifying about these pests. The question is, is fear the only problem roaches bring into homes. Unfortunately, it is not. These pests pose many serious threats to both people and items. Here are some things to consider to help you better understand the dangers roaches bring into Redding homes.

Roaches Carry Disease

Cockroaches are nature’s garbage disposals. They consume waste that would otherwise sit around and decompose. Although this is crucial to the health of our planet’s ecosystem, it does lead to some problems. For one, garbage, fecal matter, and decaying organisms contain disease-causing bacteria, pathogens, and parasites. When roaches invade homes, they bring these sickness vectors with them, spreading them over floors, countertops, and left-out food. Here are just a few things you might contract from these pests.

  • Dysentery
  • Diarrhea
  • Typhoid fever
  • Cholera
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Leprosy
  • Salmonellosis

Roaches Cause Breathing Difficulties

Cockroaches go through several stages of development before reaching adulthood. Between most of these stages, they shed their skins. These shed skins then break down into dust-like particulates. The same happens to their fecal matter. As air currents travel throughout homes, these microscopic irritants are picked up. If you have asthma, allergies, or other respiratory problems, inhaling these particulates could cause breathing difficulties.

Roaches Destroy Personal Belongings

Dead animals, fecal matter, and trash are not the only things roaches eat. These pests will also consume any food or drink that we do and items high in cellulose content like paper and cardboard. Cockroaches also eat weird things like dead skin, nail clippings, and saliva, which is disturbing if you consider how they acquire these things.

Why Roaches Invade Homes

Our homes may have been meant for us to dwell in; however, they also fit the requirements of cockroaches. For one, they offer roaches a place to shelter from extreme weather. They also provide a nearly infinite amount of food in the form of trash, left out food, spills, and stored items. Finally, our homes supply roaches with moisture. From the water left in our sinks at night to the humidity in the air, these pests are never left thirsty.

Seven Strategies To Prevent Roaches

Now that you know why you don’t want roaches inside your home, let’s talk about some practical prevention tips you should be using to keep these pests out. Here are seven great places to start.

  1. Keep your living areas clean.
  2. Store food inside airtight containers
  3. Address moisture problems such as leaky pipes, high humidity, and broken gutters.
  4. Make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.
  5. Use caulk to seal gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior and the spaces around window and door frames.
  6. Repair damage to your window and door screens, weatherstripping, and door sweeps.
  7. Reduce clutter and eliminate debris in and around your home.

What To Do About A Roach Infestation

Once roaches invade, there is little you can do to get them out on your own. To make your life easier, the second you see one of these pests, get the professionals at Jefferson Pest Control involved. If you are looking for a simple way to keep cockroaches out of your home year-round, we these offer services as well. Contact our team today to learn more about our comprehensive treatment options and schedule your property for a thorough pest inspection.

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