Everyone has a right to a clean and healthy home – somewhere families can live peacefully and risk-free from any sort of diseases. No one in their right mind wants to dwell in a place that is brimming with pests, which could wreak havoc into their household.
However, the truth is that sometimes pest infestations simply cannot be helped. Often we still find ourselves trying to rid our homes of our unwanted guests, and for Filipino families, cockroaches make for an especially irritating and recurring scourge we seem to be unable to get rid of.
It’s not impossible, though. If you want to learn how you can keep your home as free as possible from these critters, then read on.
What attracts cockroaches to homes?
Mainly, there are four things that attract cockroaches into your homes. They are:
- Food – Cockroaches are scavengers by nature, and so by leaving your food out in the open for them to take, you’re practically inviting them to live with you. That said, be careful to always store your food in containers regardless of whether or not you’re going to place them inside the refrigerator to keep them at bay.
- Moisture – Cockroaches need water to survive. This is why damp and wet areas in your house are very attractive to them. Be sure to remain vigilant about these spots in your home, especially those ones that are not well-maintained. Spots with moist materials such as cardboard, paper, and wood should be avoided especially.
- Dark nooks and crannies – Ensure your home is well-illuminated at all times so that you can monitor all possible homes that roaches might make. Not only that, but doing so also eliminates spots for them to hide to should you chance upon them crawling around your rooms.
- Garbage – Keep your trash out. Much like food, the smell of organic material can and will attract pests of all kinds to your home. To avoid that from happening, always seal your trash well and never allow it to fester for long periods of time within your walls.
What diseases can you contract from cockroaches?
Cockroaches should never be welcomed into your homes for they can carry several diseases with them. Here are 8 examples of illnesses you could possibly catch from them:
- Salmonellosis – This disease is quite similar to food poisoning. It is often transmitted through the cockroaches’ feces and vomit.
Symptoms: vomiting, fever, and diarrhea
- Typhoid fever – Cockroaches can bring typhoid fever to you and your family by consuming human waste contaminated with the Salmonella typhi bacterium.
Symptoms: stomach pain, exhaustion, diarrhea or constipation, head and muscle ache, and high temperature.
- Cholera – Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection that can spread through these little critters’ vomit and feces, which later then contaminates food and surfaces in a household.
Symptoms: diarrhea and severe dehydration
- Dysentery – There are two kinds of dysentery: bacillary and amoebic. Both of which are a kind of gastroenteritis, which result to diarrhea with blood. You can get it by consuming drinks and foods contaminated by cockroaches.
Symptoms: high temperature, vomiting, nausea, painful stomach cramps, and diarrhea with blood and mucus
- Leprosy – Cockroaches are one of the insects that are being suspected of transmitting the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae, which eventually leads to leprosy. Those who contracted this ailment must be incubated for at least 5 years.
Symptoms: muscle weakness, skin lesions, and numbness in legs, feet, arms, and hands.
- Plague – Another disease cockroaches are suspected of carrying is the (bubonic) plague. They do it by spreading the Yersinia pestis bacterium.
Symptoms: high fever, muscle cramps, chills, swollen and painful lymph nodes
- Listeriosis – Listeriosis is another illness that can be contracted through consuming cockroach contaminated foods and drinks.
Symptoms: diarrhea, muscle aches, and fever
- coli infections – E.coli or Escherichia coli infections can be mechanically transmitted from cockroaches’ exoskeleton and feet. It can cause serious food poisoning when contracted.
Symptoms: watery diarrhea, abdominal cramping, fever, chills, nausea, and muscle ache
How can I prevent cockroach infestations?
Cockroach prevention is hard but doable. You just have to be patient and strict about enforcing the following:
- Cockroaches can survive for only one week without water. Cut off all their water sources by fixing possible leaks in and around your house and they will be gone in no time.
- The next thing you must implement is to clean your home regularly. Sweep and mop your floors every now and then so you can avoid leaving crumbs on your floor. Always wash your dishes as well right after you use it so you don’t provide them with a food source. They also love to feast on the grease left on your stove tops so wipe them off right after cooking.
- It is also important to hide your food from them. Don’t allow them to have access to them by keeping them inside sealed containers. You also might want to avoid leaving your fruits on your countertops overnight because they can feed these critters.
- Lastly, you need to take out your trash regularly so they will not be attracted to enter your homes.
How do you deal with a cockroach infestation?
There is no shame in admitting you have a cockroach control problem, especially if you already tried all the prevention you can think of to avoid it. To get rid of all these critters inhabiting your home, don’t hesitate to learn more about us. You can even click here for free consultations.