Cockroaches have a nasty habit of consuming any type of food product in the home including spilt beverages, along with the crumbs and food that is trapped in the grout and cracks around the home and on the countertops and dirty dishes left in the dishwasher. While they tend not to bite pets and people, they do shed, and leave their hazardous waste products all around. These harmful waste products can become airborne as they decompose, which can lead to asthma and allergy symptoms, and they are known to contaminate food with many types of micro-organisms.
People are repulsed when they find cockroaches in their homes and kitchens. Cockroaches (especially the American cockroach, which comes into contact with human excrement in sewers or with pet droppings) may transmit bacteria that cause food poisoning (Salmonella spp. and Shigella spp.). German cockroaches are believed to be capable of transmitting disease-causing organisms such as Staphylococcus spp., Streptococcus spp., hepatitis virus, and coliform bacteria. They also have been implicated in the spread of typhoid and dysentery.
Indoor infestations of cockroaches are an important source of allergens and risk for asthma among some populations. The levels of cockroaches and allergens are directly related to cockroach density, housing disrepair, and sanitary conditions.
Important sanitation measures include the following:
- Store food in insect-proof containers such as glass jars or resealable plastic containers.
- Keep garbage and trash in containers with tight-fitting lids and use liners. Keep trash cans away from doorways. Remove trash, newspapers, magazines, piles of paper bags, rags, boxes, and other items that provide hiding places and harborage.
- Eliminate plumbing leaks and correct other sources of free moisture. Increase ventilation where condensation is a problem.
- Vacuum cracks and crevices to remove food and debris. Be sure surfaces where food or beverages have been spilled are cleaned up immediately. Vacuuming also removes cockroaches, shed skins, and egg capsules. Removing cockroaches reduces their numbers and slows development. Vacuumed cockroaches and debris should be destroyed. Because bits of cuticle and droppings may cause allergies, it is recommended that the vacuum cleaner have a HEPA (high efficiency particulate absorber) filter or triple filters.
DIAL ONE Franklynn Pest Control.
Joe Azzarello, Owner / Board Certified Entomologists
Marcus Azzarello, President