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3 Ways Roaches Cause Harm to People & Property

American RoachIt's fast; it's walked the Earth with the dinosaurs; and it's one of the most common pests that homeowners have to deal with. You guessed it; it's an American cockroach. While most species of cockroaches - about 4,000 - inhabit caves and forests, about 30 types are known to invade human dwellings in states like California. With that said, here are three ways roaches cause harm to the people inside your home and the property itself.

Roaches Can Create an Offensive Smell in Your Property

Usually living in groups and mostly active at night, cockroaches are filthy pests that can ruin everything from fabrics to food. They discharge portions of their partially digested food and nauseous secretion in intervals from their mouths and the glands on their bodies. This leaves an offensive smell in the areas or on the food visited by them. Without proper treatment, this odor can become long lasting.

Roaches Can Eat Through Your Life - Literally

In addition to being able to sprint at almost three feet per second when all of their six legs are in motion, cockroaches also love to eat a lot of stuff, including all the types of food that humans consume. But don't assume they're feeding frenzy stops at the cupboard where you keep all your sweets. They also love feeding on book bindings, cardboard and the inner lining of shoes soles. OK, it doesn't stop there, either. They will also eat the fingernails and toenails of babies or anyone sleeping - seriously!

Roaches Can Threaten Your Health by Spreading Various Diseases

As you might imagine by now, cockroaches spread germs because of the places they dwell in and the stuff they feed on. While they aren't usually the direct cause of diseases, cockroaches are known to spread them by contaminating human food with the germs they pick up and transfer. Additionally, cockroaches have been suspected or proven carriers of the organisms that cause:

  • Cholera
  • Diarrhea
  • Dysentery
  • Leprosy
  • Plague
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Various viral diseases


Also keep in mind cockroaches can carry eggs from parasitic worms that can cause allergic reactions that result in dermatitis or itching and swelling. These reactions can also lead to more serious respiratory problems, such as severe asthma.

While keeping your house clean will help cockroaches from invading, calling pest control if you already have an infestation is the most appropriate option. For more information about how to get a cockroach problem under control, or if you're having problems with another type of pest, contact Sorenson Pest Control today.

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