According to Pest World for Kids, cockroaches have been around since the age of dinosaurs. That fact alone is stunning! They are extremely hardy insects and can live without food for a week and without water for two weeks. As disgusting as it sounds, a cockroach can actually live for up to a week without its head! And don’t try to drown one — it can hold its breath for up to 40 minutes. It’s no wonder they’ve been around for millions of years!
As Tracy V. Wilson for How Stuff Works/Animals, puts it there are “plenty of reasons to dislike cockroaches”. For one thing, they’re extremely hard to get rid of, and because they eat garbage and waste, they spread bacteria like Salmonella and Shigella around. They use their own trails of fecal matter to find their way around, so yes, they’re pretty gross, as insects go. They’re good at hiding too and are nocturnal, so by the time people notice them, their homes are usually infested.
Ergo, if you spot a cockroach, head for the phone and call an exterminator — pronto! And if you’re worried about the effect of pesticides on your family and live in the Forney, Texas area, call AJB Pest & Termite. They’re a family owned and operated pest management company that understands your concerns. Their extensively trained technicians will take every precaution to keep your family safe, just as we would our own. If you have a pest problem, whether it’s cockroaches or something else, contact us.
The cockroach is one of the most common household pests. These insects are not only creepy, but they can also pose hazards to human health. Here are some ways cockroaches affect homes, and why elimination and prevention are so important.
Cockroaches emit a secretion from their mouths and body glands. This clings to whatever it touches and produces a foul odor. On its own, the odor isn’t hazardous; however, the secretion can be.
Cockroaches not only carry diseases, they also spread them. Roaches carry a variety of organisms, bacteria, and viruses that can cause salmonella, plague, and other diseases. As they crawl through drains and garbage, they also pick up dangerous bacteria and deposit it along counters, dishes, and other food surfaces.
Cockroaches can cause allergies of the skin and respiratory system. This could be because of the parasite eggs they carry on their bodies. Shed body parts and feces left behind also cause allergies.
- Large Numbers
These foul creatures tend to live and travel in masses. This means that where there is one, there’s likely much more close by. This infestation increases the potential health hazards that roaches pose to humans.
If you see a cockroach, it may make your skin crawl. However, the effect roaches can have on your life goes far beyond giving you the creeps. Because they are sneaky, dirty, and usually large in number, cockroaches have the ability to spread filth and disease throughout your family’s home with ease.
If you’d like more information about how our family can help protect your family from cockroaches, please contact us.