Seeing cockroaches is never a pleasant sight. Some people will scream at the sight of them. They can hide in the smallest places, have the ability to cause several health problems, and irritate your peace of mind.
How do cockroaches affect your health?
Cockroaches are insects that can cause diseases such as dysentery, diarrhea, cholera, and fever. This is probably due to the fact that they carry bacteria with them. Because they carry bacteria they are able to spread the pathogens throughout your home. This is probably due to where they travel and what they eat.
Like all living things, cockroaches desire to survive. In order to survive they must find sources of food. Cockroaches will eat almost anything. Alongside the food in your home they will eat feces and trash.
Parasitic worms are present in cockroach larvae. Intestinal worms can cause diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, bloating, and nausea. Not only do they carry diseases, poop, and parasitic worms, but they can also cause allergens.
Where are they?
Cockroaches are able to hide in places all over your home, but they do have a preferences. They are typically drawn to narrow places and crevices. You may also find them in dark places such as cabinets or drawers. It's not out of character for them either to hide under kitchen appliances such as refrigerators and sinks.
Because of their small nature they can enter your home through small holes and cracks. Since they can travel small places it makes sense that they can enter your home by crawling through openings around your doors and windows. They can travel into your home by hiding in bags, boxes, backpacks, luggage, or containers. Pipes are also a way that cockroaches can enter your home. Another indicator that cockroaches might be in your home is feces, or dead skin they decided to shed.
What should you do about infestations?
Calling pest control is always a great option when you're looking to exterminate the pests in your home. Sticky traps, bait, and pesticides are great ways of prevention and extermination.
There are additional things that you can do to help prevent a large infestation. Some things you can do is to keep food properly sealed, repair any pipe leaks, and look for any eggs. Another thing you can do is to male sure your windows and doors are properly sealed.
I really enjoy researching and writing about pests. The more we know about bugs, the easier it becomes to control them.