• Aditya Sharma

How Cockroaches Can Make You Sick And What Can You Do To Stop Their Spread?

Basically Cockroaches are the social insects that carry bacteria on their saliva that can contaminate your food and cause Staphylococcus Infection in your stomach and make you sick. A cockroach infestation can be a serious problem for your building or commercial area. There are about 30 different species of cockroaches out of which only four are known to be as pests. The sign of cockroach infestation include feces, saliva and parts of their body that they shed or that fall off. The scariest thing about cockroaches is that they carry some serious diseases such as typhoid, polio, diarrhoea etc. Cockroaches can spread diseases through:

. Feces

. Saliva and Vomit

. Physical contact with food and surfaces

How do Cockroaches spread diseases?

. Food Contamination

Cockroaches can virtually live by eating food. They also feed on dead plant, faecal matter, animals, soap, paper, leather and strands of fallen hair. They can even contaminate the open food by discharging their germs on it, leaving behind dead skin and their hair and depositing empty egg shells on the open food. They can spread bacteria through cross contamination. This cross contamination can lead to the spread of other bacteria such as salmonella and pseudomonas aeruginosa.

. Inoculation of Disease Causing Bacteria

While feeding cockroaches eject their own saliva and digestive fluids from their mouth to inoculate your food with bacteria or germs residing in their gut. A study on cockroaches found that the bacterium Pseudomonas Aeruginosa can multiply extensively in gut of cockroaches. It can cause several diseases such as digestive problems, urinary tract infection and sepsis.

. Cockroach Bites

Some species of cockroaches have been found that can bite humans. If your home is heavily infested with these insects then you should have to be little careful as they can nibble on fingernails, toes and soft parts of the skin causing wounds.

. Invasion of body parts

Cockroaches can not only invade your home but also your body parts as there are many cases of cockroaches entering the nose and ear while sleeping. Small cockroaches can readily enter the orifices of the human body when you’re in sound sleep.

. Food Poisoning

In an epidemic situation of food poisoning, it was found that the incidence of new cases fall abruptly after cockroach infestation was eliminated. Cockroaches are the home for the Bacterium Salmonella infection which can cause typhoid and food poisoning.

. Allergies

The saliva secretion and body parts of cockroaches contain hundreds of allergens that can trigger an undesirable reaction such as skin rashes, sneezing and water eyes.

. Asthma

Cockroaches are the worst enemies of the asthmatic people. Cockroach allergens can even cause severe complications to them which can cause life threatening to them. Just like dust mites, feces and saliva of cockroaches contain certain proteins or allergens that can trigger asthma symptoms in them which can cause threaten to their life.

Prevention of Cockroaches spreading diseases

The hygiene food is the most effective way that can prevent cockroaches in spreading diseases. These methods may include -

. Eliminating food sources for cockroaches.

. Thorough cleaning of the all the surfaces where food is stored, prepared, cooked and eaten.

. Maintenance of all the seal cracks and gaps through which cockroaches can enter in your building.

. Proper hand hygiene practice to prevent you from catching an infection from contaminated objects or surfaces of the infectious areas.

. To hire a professional pest control technician if you suspect the cockroaches infestation in your house. The technician would complete examine your house and confirm you whether or not you have an actual infestation in your house or not. If yes, the pest control company pesticide your house and prevent the harmful infection cause by cockroaches in your house.

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