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5 Big Problems Cockroaches Cause

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Cockroaches are creepy, crawly, and unwelcome in your home. Most homeowners are well aware that these bugs are undesirable, but do you know why? Although cockroaches may not cause structural damage like rodents and termites, they are more than a minor annoyance. The following are five of the biggest problems that cockroaches can cause.

1. Bacterial Infections

Cockroaches do not have the cleanest diets; they often feed on decaying animal flesh and garbage. In doing so, they pick up bacteria, and they introduce this bacteria to the surfaces in your home as they walk across those surfaces. If you then set food down on the contaminated surface before eating it, you risk contracting a bacterial disease.

Some of the more common bacterial illnesses spread by cockroaches include salmonella, typhoid fever, and cholera. You may think of cholera as being a disease of the past, but according to the World Health Organization, there are still between 1.4 and 4.3 million cases per year, most resulting in mild to moderate digestive illness.

2. Allergy Symptoms

If you have indoor allergy symptoms that you can't seem to shake, cockroaches may be to blame. Their saliva, feces, and exoskeletons contain proteins to which many people are allergic. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, skin rashes, and nasal congestion.

Some people who believe they're suffering from repeated episodes of the common cold are actually suffering from cockroach allergies. The allergens left behind by roaches can linger in a home for up to five years, so make sure you keep cleaning vigorously even after the pest control company has treated your home for roaches.

3. Bad Odors

Does your home have a strange, musty odor that doesn't go away no matter how much air freshener you spray? Some describe the scent as oily and fish-like. The odor may be due to the oleic acid produced when cockroaches die in your home.

For some homeowners, this odor is the first sign of roaches — they notice it before they see any actual bugs. The odor can linger even after the bugs are gone if dead bugs and feces are left behind your walls or in other hidden areas. This is one reason to have professional cleaners give your home a thorough scrub-down after your roach problem has been abated.

4. Product Damage

Cockroaches don't eat wood and won't cause structural damage to your house like termites or carpenter ants may. However, they may damage your wallpaper, books, stamp collections, and other starchy possessions. They are far from being picky eaters and will feed on almost anything organic.

Often, roaches start eating books and other starchy possessions once homeowners become aware of their presence and attempt to get rid of them by starving them out. Because roaches have such a varied diet, you can't eradicate an infestation just by making food and kitchen scraps inaccessible. You must also rely on other methods, like baiting and trapping.

5. Stains

Roach feces are dark brown or black and look like coffee grounds. If left in place for too long, they can cause permanent stains, especially on light-colored flooring and wallpaper materials.

As soon as you spot roach droppings, clean them up with a vacuum. Wear a face mask to prevent inhalation of the feces. Next, use a disinfectant cleaner to wipe down the area. If stains remain, you can use soapy water to attempt to scrub them away. The sooner you act, the fewer stains will be left behind.

Cockroaches are more than a minor annoyance. They can damage your health and your home. If you suspect you may have a roach problem, contact ChemScape today to make an appointment. 
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