What you need to know about Cockroaches?
Cockroaches are among the most common pests infesting homes and apartments. They are especially troublesome where food is prepared and sanitation is lacking. Cockroaches are repulsive and embarrassing to most people simply by their presence. They may contaminate food, kitchen utensils, and other household items, and they leave an unpleasant odor.
Cockroaches enter buildings in a variety of ways. The ubiquitous German cockroach is often introduced in infested grocery bags, beverage cartons, or furniture. Species such as the American, Oriental, and wood cockroach also gain entry through gaps around windows, doors, vents, and utility openings, and in firewood. In multi-unit dwellings such as apartments, cockroaches also travel between units through common walls, ceilings, etc. Consequently, while roaches usually thrive where sanitation is poor, even clean homes can become infested.
What danger does cockroaches posses
While cockroaches are harmless (unless you suffer from katsaridaphobia), some people do get allergic reactions from cockroaches. The saliva, faeces and body parts of cockroaches can trigger both allergies and asthma. If you are allergic to them, they can trigger asthma attacks. Typical cockroach allergy symptoms include: Coughing, Nasal congestion, Skin rash, Wheezing, Ear infection and Sinus infection
The World Health Organization (WHO) even reported that they carry infectious agents. Diseases such as gastroenteritis, dysentery, cholera, leprosy, typhoid fever, plague, poliomyelitis, and salmonellosis will get to you if you aren’t careful.
What are the signs of a cockroach infestation
Once cockroaches make themselves at home, it can be very difficult to kick them out. Here’s how to spot them and get rid of them before a large number of them start moving in.
1) Droppings: This is perhaps the most telltale sign of a roach infestation. If there are cockroaches crawling in your home, they will definitely leave tiny specks of droppings behind. Do pay close attention to places like floor corners, top of the cabinets and underneath the refrigerators as these are the common places they roam. When cleaning up the droppings, always remember to wear gloves.
2) Musty odour: Cockroaches do smell and they smell nasty. While the smell of a single cockroach is subtle (most of the time the smell is not strong enough for you to notice), if you have several cockroaches running around your home, the smell will amplify and become more noticeable. If your home is hit by a strong musty odour, then you’re probably in trouble. Quickly find out the cause of the smell and get rid of them once and for all.
3) Egg casings: You know infestation starts to grow when you find cockroach egg casings lying around the house. The thing is roaches don’t lay singular eggs, they produce oothecae — long and brown casings that house cockroaches’ eggs. Depending on the species of the cockroach, some oothecae house only 10 to 20 eggs while some can hold up to 50 eggs in a single shell. We can’t even begin to imagine the number of baby cockroaches or cockroach nymphs lurking in the shadows. *shudders* If you find empty casings, take immediate action to annihilate them, and if you come across a casing that still contains its eggs, throw it away or flush it down the toilet immediately.
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