The initial reaction most people have when seeing a cockroach is to scream. Whether it’s in your home, your favorite restaurant or any other location you may frequent, the presence of these disgusting pests can instantly make you feel uncomfortable. In this article, we will look at the dark side of cockroaches and shed some light on what has made them the most unpopular pest of all time.
Cockroaches Role in the Spread of Illness
Countless studies have shown that the presence of cockroaches also leads to an increased chance of being exposed to bacteria that can lead to serious illness. In fact, the average cockroach in a dwelling place will likely be carrying three different forms of bacteria on average. Simply interacting with surfaces they have touched can leave you susceptible to salmonella, streptococcus, staphylococcus and more.
While cockroaches are capable of picking these bacteria up through ingesting them and then defecating them out, they are generally captured and transmitted through their antennae and bristly legs. This will, in turn, be ingested when they begin to clean themselves. To further compound this unhealthy cycle, they can also can different types of fungus, viruses, pathogens, roundworms and other unwanted organisms that are responsible for a variety of illnesses.
Unfortunately, bacteria are easily spread by cockroaches because they typically go unnoticed for extended periods until their population becomes too large for their current nest. As these pests traverse surfaces or scavenge for food, they are constantly causing contamination that can quickly turn you sick. Even worse, the bacteria found in their feces can continue to be active nearly 5 years after it has touched food or has been allowed to remain on an uncleaned surface such as a supporting board in your cabinets.
As you can see, eliminating cockroaches as soon as they are found is incredibly important to maintain the health of anyone that inhabits the structure. Unfortunately, finding and eliminating cockroaches on your own can be a challenging process without the proper knowledge and tools. As a leading expert in Tulsa cockroach control for over 35 years, Emtec Pest Control can help return your home to normal following a cockroach infestation.
Limiting Exposure to Cockroaches
As long as your home or business has the basic necessities needed for cockroaches, they will continue to thrive without intervention. To cut off these vital supply lines, the first step is to pinpoint any food or water sources that can be utilized by them. Start your exclusion by placing any exposed or boxed pantry items into airtight containers and inspecting your sinks for any leaks that may be present. Correcting these issues will immediately make your home less hospitable to cockroaches that are looking for a new nesting location.
One of the best things you can do to protect your structure from venturing cockroaches it to seal any cracks or crevices that they may use to gain entry inside. This includes both door frames, vents or pipe drains that may not be completely sealed. Use an approved caulk for the service you are treating for the best results. Remember, cockroaches are very small insects that can squeeze into tiny spaces. Don’t forget to investigate your property closely to eliminate entry points.
At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.