A cockroach can hold its breath for 40 minutes, even if 30 of those minutes are underwater. This is just one of the many dangerous situations they can survive.
Their tenacity paired with their ability to cause illness makes them a pest you want to avoid. Cockroaches bring a lot more to the table than simply pestering.
How Cockroaches Can Cause Health Issues
There are a myriad of problems that they can bring to your family, from allergies to diseases they carry.
Just like any pest, cockroaches leave behind feces, saliva, eggs, or even parts of their bodies that just fall off. These can trigger asthmatic symptoms. It is estimated that 78 to 98 percent of houses are infested, with each harboring up to 330,000 cockroaches.
There have been tests done that show they can carry microbes that are dangerous to humans. Such diseases can lead to:
- E. Coli.
Some people can experience severe diarrhea that leads to hospitalization. In severe cases, bacteria can enter the bloodstream and become life-threatening.
It is important to control both the eggs and the cockroaches themselves. If you are exposed to cockroach-contaminated objects, there is a likely possibility that you can get meningitis or a urinary tract infection.
Pathogens are not the only thing that cockroaches can carry. They can also carry these parasitic worms:
These worms are tough to find and diagnose, and they are very dangerous.
How You Can Get Infected
There are three major ways to accidentally get infected by the diseases cockroaches carry.
The first is by inhaling any contaminated air.
The second is by if you touch anything contaminated. This could be feces, vomit, or saliva. If you touch anything on your face after touching something contaminated, you transfer the bacteria into your body.
The last is if you digest anything contaminated. This could be any food they touched, or if you touch your mouth after touching something contaminated, as previously mentioned.
Signs and Symptoms of Cockroach-Caused Diseases
Along with the allergies, pathogens, and parasites that cockroaches cause is a list of symptoms that you can experience. These health risks should not be taken lightly, so take note if you have any of the following:
- Muscle or joint pain.
- Chest congestion and cough.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Shortness of breath.
Granted, these symptoms could be due to other illnesses, which is why it’s important to always check for a cockroach infestation.
Having a cockroach infection is serious business. It’s more than just an annoyance, it’s unsafe. It could be a lot to deal with, and if you don’t want to risk it, you can hire the professionals at Beebe’s Pest and Termite Control.
We can exterminate any infestation and make sure you and your family are safe. If you want to protect your family, call Beebe’s Pest & Termite Control today.
Dear Valued Customer,
As the Coronavirus continues to change daily life, we have seen several states that have implemented either strict shelter in place orders and several others that have provided guidance on what businesses should and should not operate.
The federal government currently does not have a nationwide shelter in place mandate. However, should the President order a nationwide restriction, pest control and extermination services have been deemed essential by the United States Department of Homeland Security in their Memorandum released earlier this week. This means that our industry has be deemed essential in any federal order.
- Language states: Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
As an essential service industry, BEEBE’S Pest & Termite Control will continue to service the nation’s food production facilities, grocery stores, medical institutions, multifamily housing units, warehouses, homes and businesses. We cannot afford to have our medical facilities, groceries stores or homes uninhabitable due to pests and pest related diseases, particularly as we tell citizens to stay home.
As stated in our previous communication, that the pest control industry is recognized as an essential industry, providing a service that is indispensable in the effort to protect public health and our nation’s food supply.
With Covid-19 on the mind of all US citizens, and the world, we want to be sure we continue to serve the country in our battle with the diseases spread by pests. The pest control industry is trained, tested and certified in the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Technicians routinely employ the use respirators, eye protection, gloves, and clothing to conform with safety requirements established by EPA and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.
BEEBE’S Pest & Termite Control, Inc. will continue to monitor and abide by the CDC as a responsibility to protect our families, employee’s, and customers.
The BEEBE’S Pest & Termite Control Family