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Health Hazards Caused by Roaches

By Edited Jul 16, 2015 0 0

Cockroaches have been around for millions of years and they will surely stick around long after we're gone. There are also more than fifty species of roaches in the country alone. For this reason, these pests are a force to be reckoned with.

These bugs are nocturnal creatures; thus, you rarely see them during the day. However, you can still find evidences of their presence if your home is infested. For instance, you can find their droppings and egg cases. You might even notice a pungent odor that is usually associated with roaches. If you find any signs of their presence, you must immediately take action. These bugs may not look like a threat, but they can cause health hazards that can lead to fatal consequences.

  1. Breathing Problems And Asthma: These bugs are known carriers of various diseases. Among the diseases that roaches carry with them can trigger asthma attacks, especially in individuals who suffer from breathing problems. The proteins found in the roaches' saliva, bodies, or feces can trigger asthma symptoms, especially when they become air borne.

  2. Allergies: Aside from breathing problems, roach presence in a home can also trigger other forms of allergic reactions, such as skin rashes, sneezing, and eye irritation. These allergies can occur due to roach exposure. These allergies can also develop due to the droppings or decomposing bodies of roaches.

  3. Salmonella: Roaches can also carry Salmonella bacteria through the hair on their legs. If they crawl on your food,kitchen utensils, or cooking equipment, they can contaminate it causing health problems, such as fever, vomiting, and extreme cases of diarrhea. Roaches can also keep bacteria in its digestive system for a month; thus, they are known vectors of disease.

  4. Staphylococcus Pneumoniae: This is a roach-borne disease that can lead to various infections. Children can suffer from ear infections with symptoms that comprise of ear pain, balancing problems, and fever. In older people, this condition can lead to fatal health problems. Pneumonia can lead to fever, difficulty breathing, and chest pain.

The medical conditions and diseases listed above are not the only health hazards brought about by roach infestation. Roaches can also spread other threatening diseases, including hepatitis A, dysentery, and cholera. In addition, roaches can also transmit parasitic worms that can cause symptoms, such as diarrhea, cramps, and bloody secretion. These diseases can be fatal, especially if treatment is not immediately sought.

Roaches may look non-threatening because they do not cause extreme damage to your home, but they are dangerous bugs that need to be eliminated from your home immediately. If you find any signs of roach infestation, immediately look for a reputable roach exterminator.



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