Roaches: A Health Hazard Hidden in Your Home

It is a scenario that strikes dread into the heart of anyone. You head into the kitchen for a drink of water, flip on the light and see roaches scuttling for cover. Or even worse, you wake up to discover something crawling on you. Most people feel a primordial revulsion at the very thought of a cockroach. They slither around at night, leaving behind a fetid odor, feces, and egg cases. But that’s not the worst of it. Roaches are actually dangerous to your health. Contact Precise Pest Control to regain control of your home.

Dangers from Cockroaches

Roaches can carry bacteria from one place to another. They actively seek out sewage and decaying matter to feed on, and their hooked legs collect bacteria. The roaches then track it across anything they walk on. Studies have shown that roaches can transmit all sorts of disease germs, including salmonella, pneumonia, staphylococcus, streptococcus, diphtheria and even yellow fever. Some outbreaks of disease in crowded buildings are attributed to roach transmission. While this certainly sounds alarming, the chances of a person in New Jersey being infected with one of these illnesses are pretty small.

The real danger from the cockroach comes from its uncanny ability to trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks. The saliva, feces and body parts of roaches dry and crumble to dust. They then become easily airborne and inhaled. When they come in contact with the bronchial tubes they can cause an asthma attack in susceptible people. A recent federal study found that the most severe asthma cases were found in children who had the highest amount of cockroach allergens in their environment. Any allergy requires a period of exposure to an allergen before sensitivity occurs. Keeping roaches out of children’s rooms should be a primary health concern for all parents.

Tips For a Cockroach Free Home

Take steps to head off roach problems. These tropical insects need a warm, moist environment with available food to thrive. Don’t leave your dirty dishes in the sink overnight. This is the equivalent of running a roach diner. Don’t leave food out where roaches can get to it. Take your garbage out regularly. Vacuum weekly.

Contact Precise Termite and Pest Control

A roach infestation is best dealt with by a professional. Pesticides are not a good do-it-yourself project. There have even been cases of people blowing up apartments with a combination of roach “bombs” and lit pilot lights. A professional roach removal company in NJ is your best bet. Call us at (866) 971-2847 to schedule a free inspection of your home and to finally have some peach of mind knowing that you have full control of your home again. We can eradicate your pest problem without unnecessary chemical exposure and can also set up a plan to keep roaches and other pets out permanently.