Asthma and Other Health Risks Associated with Cockroach Infestation in Your Home

Dead cockroach in a house

Cockroaches are among the hardest insects to deal with today. They do not need much food to survive and they thrive in almost all parts of the world. They spread like wildfire. There may be an intrusion of cockroaches in your kitchen and you don’t really understand the health risks associated with their presence.

A single cockroach could mean there are hundreds of them behind the walls. Roaches crawl over any surface and when they do, they spread different types of diseases.

Why protecting your home is a priority

In Sandy, pest control experts often advertise the necessity for controlling cockroach populations. Families and communities must take heed. After all, cockroaches are creepy crawlies that carry and spread diseases through their droppings, vomit, and with direct contact. Greenside Pest Control agrees that cockroaches are among the most significant pests.

This is hardly surprising because they are known carriers of plague, leprosy, typhoid fever, cholera, salmonellosis, dysentery, listeriosis, and campylobacteriosis. Therefore, cockroach proofing your home is of utmost importance.

Asthma and allergies

The World Health Organization estimates the number of persons suffering from allergies to be about 300 million. Many Americans are unaware that cockroaches trigger asthma and other types of allergies. The first allergy to cockroaches was reported in 1943. The first observed manifestation of cockroach allergy was a rash on the skin after a cockroach crawled upon it. It is believed the insects carry proteins that serve as allergens, which trigger an allergic response.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology reported that the shed skin, feces, and saliva of cockroaches are sufficient to trigger a potentially fatal hypersensitivity reaction. Some people may react to cockroaches just by inhaling hair and not necessarily with direct contact.

The consequences of a cockroach infestation go beyond poor sanitation and hygiene. You and your family can get seriously ill. Deal with that cockroach problem before it’s too late and too costly to mitigate.