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Cockroaches and Disease

Jun 22, 2018 -- Posted by : Thomas Pest Control

Cockroaches in your home are not only unsightly but they also can be a serious health issue, especially if left untreated, allowing the population to grow and thrive. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 78 to 98 percent of homes in urban areas have cockroaches. In cities and large urbanized areas, many children suffer from allergies caused from the presence of cockroaches in homes. The effects of cockroach allergens can cause children to miss school, lose sleep, and can increase the risk of asthma. Not only are cockroaches an allergen concern, but they also are known to carry several disease-causing agents on the outside of their bodies that can be spread to humans.

Cockroaches have been implicated in carrying numerous bacterial and disease-causing organisms on their bodies, including E. coli, staphylococcus, and salmonella. Some cockroach species will frequent extremely filthy places — even sewage systems. Although cockroaches carry many disease organisms on their body, the good news is that they haven’t been linked to any disease outbreaks to date. However, the ability for cockroaches to potentially spread disease and cause allergy problems are important reasons to keep your home cockroach free. If you find cockroaches and need help with controlling them in your home, give us a call for a detailed analysis on how to keep your home pest free and healthy.

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