It’s January and even though in Illinois we have experienced some unseasonably warm temperatures, we know that the frigid blast is right around the corner. Humans aren’t the only ones who try to stay indoors when the temp starts to drop. Rodents and cockroaches also try to find shelter from the cold. Unfortunately that means the little snowbirds are going to try and winter over in our homes.
We’ve previously spoke about all the nasty germs that rodents can bring into your home, but did you know that cockroaches also pose a health risk? Not only are they offensive to look at, but they can cause illness, trigger asthma attacks and the chemicals traditionally used to control roaches can be harmful to your family and pets.
It’s no wonder cockroaches carry diseases like dysentery, typhoid, poliomyelitis, and gastroenteritis when you consider some of the things they eat. Just about anything is considered food to them including fermenting garbage, human waste, hair, leather, wallpaper and rotting food. Many of these substances are already contaminated, and as the cockroach moves from one location to another it spreads the disease along the way.
Cockroaches aren’t tidy house guests either. They leave behind a lot of debris that can cause allergic reactions and even asthma attacks. This debris can include old shells, saliva, body parts, and droppings. One way to tell if you have a roach problem is by observing this debris. Depending on the size of the roach, their feces can vary in size from droppings that resemble coffee grounds or black pepper to cylindrical droppings that are produced by larger bugs. The amount of roach dirt is sometimes a good way to identify an infestation. And if you have a very serious roach problem, the infestation will also give off an odor. It might have an obnoxious oily or musty smell.
Many times when a homeowner is faced with a cockroach problem, they seek out remedies from the hardware store. Unfortunately do-it-yourself chemicals used to treat cockroaches can do more harm than good. Some sprays or bug bombs are toxic and can even make asthma symptoms worse. Not to mention that many times these chemicals are not successful at erradicating the pests.
The only way to be sure about safetly eliminating a cockroach infestation is to contact a professional pest elimination company. They can quickly assess if you do have a problem and recommend the correct way to erradicate the pests.
If you do find yourself with a cockroach problem this winter, give Quik Kill Pest Eliminators a call. 800-525-0505