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Illnesses That Can Be Related to Cockroaches in Your Home

May 8, 2015

Having cockroaches in your home leaves you vulnerable to diseases and illnesses spread by cockroaches. Cockroaches are capable of spreading a variety of illnesses from mild food poisoning to more severe infections.

The reason that cockroaches are common carriers of illnesses is because they prefer to live in places such as sinks, garbage disposal sites, bathroom drains, and other areas where bacteria and other harmful contaminants are commonly found. They carry infection from these sites. Once cockroaches are in your home, they seek food sources, carrying bacteria directly into your kitchen or other areas where food is found or prepared.

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The following are illnesses commonly spread by cockroaches:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dysentery
  • Typhoid
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Poliomyelitis (a viral infection that can affect the central nervous system)

Beyond carrying diseases, cockroaches are also known to cause allergies in humans. Various parts of cockroaches such as their wings, scent and droppings are known to cause allergic reactions. People who are allergic to cockroaches often tend to develop allergy symptoms when they have cockroaches in their homes. Symptoms are often exacerbated in people who have asthma, however they can afflict anyone. Allergy symptoms that may be caused by cockroaches include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Sneezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Watery eyes

Finding cockroaches in your home doesn’t necessarily mean that they are carrying illnesses, however it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to pest infestations.

If you discover a cockroach in your home, there are probably more that you don’t see. Cockroaches are nocturnal, meaning they are most active during our sleeping hours. If you spot any signs of cockroaches, it’s important to contact a qualified cockroach exterminator to access the problem and get rid of cockroaches from your home to ensure a safe and a healthy environment.

Magical Pest has helped countless families and businesses get rid of cockroaches. If you need help with cockroach extermination contact us for a free phone consultation at (905) 738-6676.






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