Common Problems Caused By German Roaches
Cockroaches Taint Food Prep Surfaces And Dishes
Let's start with the most obvious issue you have to face if you have German cockroaches in your home. These bugs are dirty. They climb around inside your trash, crawl on your toilet rim, and explore your drains moments before they walk around on the dishes in your cabinet, your cutting board, and your silverware. That is not okay--on so many levels. But the most important level is a level you can't see. Bacteria is invisible to the naked eye. If you have bacteria on your dishes or food prep surfaces, you won't know it. What is important to understand is that cockroaches aren't the only bugs that do this. If you have bugs in your home, whether crawling, flying, or hopping, those pests can make you and your family ill.
Cockroaches Contaminate Food
When German cockroaches establish themselves in a home, food storage areas are in danger of being contaminated. You may not realize this but German cockroaches have mouthparts that can chew through paper and cardboard. When they do, they enter products and spread harmful bacteria around. They are not alone in this. There are many bugs that chew their way into food. Rodents do this also. If you don't have ongoing pest service for your home it is wise to store your paper and cardboard packaged products in sealed plastic containers. This keeps smells in and those dirty creatures out.
Cockroaches Spread Allergens
If you keep everything in your home spotless, and seal your trash so German cockroaches can't get in, there is still a possibility of illness. Studies have shown a link between cockroaches and Asthma symptoms. In homes that have cockroaches, asthmatic symptoms are much higher. This is brought on by contaminants being left in air ducts. When air is pushed out, those contaminants become airborne. For those who are sensitive, this can lead to higher medical bills and health complications. There are many pests that can cause allergic reactions. That is why it is essential to protect ventilation systems and wall voids from pest invasion.
When there is a large enough population of cockroaches in a home, and food sources are scarce, these insects can bite. Often bites will be on the face. Cockroaches are drawn to eyelashes and moisture around the mouth of sleeping people. These bites can swell up large enough to cause an eye to be sealed shut. It is important to understand that many bugs are protein eaters. Even if they don't specifically feed on blood, they can still bite when they get hungry.