Why Cockroach Season Is Bad News for Texas Residents

July 6, 2018

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At the beginning of the year, we focused on cockroach prevention for our residential and commercial customers, since spring is when roaches start to become active again. See "What Homeowners Need To Know About Oriental Cockroaches," and "Guide to Keeping American Cockroaches Out of your Restaurant," to grab some of those tips. In this article, we're going to shift our attention to the health threat these dirty insects can present.

When cockroaches invade a man-made structure, they have only a few goals in mind. They're looking for foods, water, and harborage. This will bring them in contact with stored food, trash receptacles, dishes, food prep surfaces, toilet bowl rims, toothbrush bristles, sink drains, toasters, and more. Do you see the problem? Cockroaches are a mechanical vector for harmful bacteria. They pick bacteria up from the side of a stove where all the juices have leaked down, and they bring it right into your silverware drawer. They are as comfortable crawling around on a compost heap as they are on a piece of fruit sitting in a bowl on the kitchen table. For this reason, they are linked to the spread of more than 33 kinds of bacteria including some you are probably familiar with such as E. coli and salmonella. They're also linked to the spread of 6 parasitic worms and over 7 other human pathogens. To say that it is a bad idea to have cockroaches in your home or business is an understatement.

As cockroaches run around inside a man-made structure, their saliva, droppings, and shed body parts trigger both asthma and allergies. This can lead to coughing, skin rash, wheezing, nasal congestion, and ear or sinus infections.

According to the Nation Pest Management Association (NPMA), 63 percent of homes in the U.S. contain cockroach allergens. That percentage is higher in urban areas where it rises to between 78 and 98 percent.

No home or business should be without a pest plan that includes cockroach control. These aren't just "gross" insects. They are a health threat no home or business owner should shrug off.

For residential or commercial pest management in East Texas consider partnering with Innovative Pest Control. Our award-winning team of pest management professional is one of the best in the industry. That's why we're confident enough to offer our Make it Right Guarantee! When it comes to cockroaches, don't settle for anything less.

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