How Dangerous are Cockroaches?

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Everyone knows that cockroaches are gross and it is common knowledge that cockroaches are some of the most survivable insects around, even if they can’t actually survive a direct nuclear explosion like is often said.

However; often times people do not realize that cockroaches are more than just tough and creepy pests. Cockroach infestations have the potential to be seriously devastating to your health.

While cockroaches can actually bite humans if food is scarce or if an infestation is large enough, it is a rare occurrence. Cockroach bites are normally not the biggest worry that people have to deal with when concerning a cockroach infestation.

So, if you shouldn’t really be worrying about bites if you see a few roaches, then what should you be worried about?

The first thing you might notice if you have a cockroach infestation is a musty smell in the air. For some people, this is just an unpleasant odor that can help clue you in that you have an infestation if you didn’t already know, but for others this can be slightly dangerous. The odor emitted by cockroach saliva, feces, and shed skin can act as a trigger for asthma, which can be potentially life threatening if an asthmatic person is caught without an inhaler.

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In a similar vein, a cockroach infestation can be the cause of other allergic reactions, such as sneezing, itchy eyes, nose, mouth, and throat, coughing, and stuffy/running nose. But the real danger of cockroaches comes from the bacteria and diseases that they can carry. Cockroaches can transport a plethora of illnesses, including: cholera, dysentery, salmonellosis, leprosy, giardia, E. coli, staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus, and listeriosis.  

If you suspect you have a cockroach infestation, don’t risk an allergic reaction or getting sick, call Empire Termite & Pest Control at 513-267-1264 for cockroach extermination services!

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