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Cockroach Horror Stories

January 19, 2016

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If you've ever searched the internet for cockroach horror stories, you know there is no lack of them. There is everything from sucking a cockroach out of a straw to being trapped alone in an elevator with a dive-bombing cockroach. There is a particularly humorous one of a college student who woke up with a cockroach crawling across her face. When she bolted upright, she tripped over her coffee table and knocked the roach down her shirt.

While many of these stories can seem amusing, there is nothing funny about a cockroach infestation. Nothing! Not only are these filthy creatures disgusting nuisance pests, they are hazardous to your health. Cockroaches roaming free in your home will contaminate anything they come in contact with, which can cause illness in humans including: urinary tract infections, digestive problems, and sepsis. They are also reported to cause food poisoning, allergies, diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, leprosy, and plague among other diseases. And like this list isn't bad enough, there have even been reports of cockroaches crawling into people's ears or noses while they slept. That's a horror story we can live without!

Fortunately, there are a number of steps that can be taken to prevent cockroaches from invading our homes and threatening our health. Simply rolling up your sleeves and doing the following will go a long way in keeping your home roach-free.

  • Keep things squeaky clean. Thoroughly clean and vacuum, and pay close attention to areas where food is kept such as the pantry and kitchen.

  • Clean hard-to-reach spots where food tends to build up such as under the refrigerator and between the stove and counter.

  • Make sure pet food areas are clean before you go to bed. Only put down pet food during meal times.

  • If you do not have time to wash dishes, keep them in a sink full of soapy water not in a dry stack on the counter.

  • Make sure your kitchen garbage is covered.

  • Store all food either in the refrigerator or inside tightly sealed containers.

  • Do not keep stacked magazines, books, or newspapers.

  • Keep your home dry. Fix any leaky pipes or fixtures and dry out moist areas by using fans and dehumidifiers.

  • Search out and seal up any gaps or cracks found on the outside of your home.

  • Make sure that all outside trash cans have tight-fitting lids and are kept away from the house.

  • Contact a professional pest control company for advice and/or service.

If you have done everything you can to prevent roaches, but they are still invading your West Chester home, Moyer Pest will be glad to help. With the latest state-of-the-art technologies and almost 150 years of experience, we are confident we can take care of any roach problem, no matter how horrifying. Just give us a call and one of our friendly pest technicians will be on their way!

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