Would you ever eat off your bathroom floor? What about in a sewage processing plant? Most people avoid eating food in contaminated areas. Is it because they smell bad? Partially. The main reason people avoid eating in dirty areas is to avoid getting sick. Things like excrement, dead animals, and trash are teeming with dangerous bacteria, pathogens, and parasites. You might be wondering, what does all this have to do with cockroaches? Well, the simple fact is that cockroaches bring filth into homes. To help you better understand the threats these small, durable pests pose, here are a few things you ought to know about cockroaches.
Common Area Cockroaches
There are many species of cockroaches that call Mobile, Alabama home. Of these species are American roaches, smoky brown roaches, Australian roaches, wood roaches, and German roaches. To keep things simple for you, we won’t go into detail about each, but rather break down similarities all roaches share.
Have you ever heard it said that a cockroach could survive a nuclear war? It is true. Cockroaches are capable of withstanding over five times more radiation than humans can. In addition to this, cockroaches are also resistant to several powerful pesticides, making them harder to treat than other pests.
Cockroaches have tiny barbs on their feet that allow them to cling to walls and ceilings. Combine this with their speed and agility, and you have a creature that can sprint up a vertical surface and shift upside down without breaking pace.
Cockroaches have tough exterior exoskeletons that can withstand over 900 times their body weight in pressure. While this will not save these pests from a full-force stomp, it will protect them from flying flip-flops, newspapers, and other less aggressive crushing methods.
Are Cockroaches The Most Dangerous Pests?
Able to spread over thirty-three different bacteria, seven human pathogens, and six parasitic worms, cockroaches are about as dangerous as a pest can be. Inside homes, cockroaches spread these sickness vectors over food, onto countertops, and around other areas where people eat. If you have asthma or allergies, cockroaches are extra problematic. Just like dust can irritate a person’s lungs, so does the shed skins and fecal matter of cockroaches. As infestations grow within homes, more of these particulates are released into the air, compounding the initial problem.
Why Cockroaches Are So Difficult To Eliminate
When cockroaches invade homes, they go deep, infesting wall voids, hiding beneath large kitchen appliances, and doing everything in their power to stay out of sight. Combine this with their resistance to pesticides and the ability to sprint away from danger, and you have an extremely difficult pest to treat. That said, if your home does not yet have a cockroach infestation, here are a few things to do to reduce your risk of one:
- Keep your home clean.
- Seal entry points in your home’s exterior.
- Address moisture problems.
- Store food properly.
- Pick up after your pets.
The Only Way To Handle A Cockroach Infestation
If your home has become a habitat for cockroaches, let the experts at EnSec lend a helping hand. Our pest control technicians know how best to treat for cockroaches and have the industry-leading tools and treatments needed to get the job done right. To keep cockroaches and a number of other pests out of your home for good, consider investing in one of our year-round pest control plans.
Contact our team today to discuss your options and find a plan that best suits your individual needs. Learn more about our home pest control and lawn care services.