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Just How Dangerous Is This Cockroach In My Souderton Home?

Cockroaches Are Unsanitary Pests

If you could put a tiny little camera on a cockroach and watch all of the places that little roach goes, you would be startled by what you would see. The world of a cockroach is vastly different from what we experience—or desire to experience. Cockroaches hatch from their eggs in rotting organic material. They feed on this material and search for other rotting things to eat. They will eat rotten apples under trees. They will eat the rotting flesh of dead animals. They will nibble on a decaying banana peel in a compost heap. Perhaps the worst of all, they will feed on the feces of animals. All of these food sources expose cockroaches to organisms that don't harm them but can be seriously harmful to us. This is why cockroaches are dangerous. But you may wonder, "How dangerous can cockroaches be if they hatch inside my Souderton home?" This is what we're going to explore today.

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Hazards Cockroaches Are Exposed To

No matter how clean your home is, there are locations that are dirty. They are usually locations that are out of sight and out of mind. But they aren't out of sight or mind for cockroaches. Cockroaches live in these unsanitary places.

  • You might not think about the food that has dripped down the side of your oven, but that food is down there in a dark, tight space, rotting away. Cockroaches squeeze right in there and feed on it.

  • You probably don't think too much about the sludge in your kitchen drains, but cockroaches do. They climb down in there and feed on it.

  • You probably don't pull your fridge out and clean under it very often. But cockroaches climb around under there all the time. When they do, they find spilled juices, crumbs, and other tasty, rotting morsels and remnants.

  • You may not clean your kitchen trash receptacles more than once a year. Cockroaches will thank you for that. Any food or juices that get into the bottom of your trash bin present a food source and breeding site for cockroaches.

  • You might not clean under your couch or under the cushions of your couch. Roaches will squeeze under your cushions and find the stale popcorn, cracker crumbs, and tiny pieces of your favorite snack chips. Foods that are high in carbohydrates are attractive to cockroaches.

In all of these places, cockroaches can be exposed to harmful bacteria and other organisms. When they go from these places to your food or dish cabinets, they can make you sick.

A few more unsavory things to think about:

  • Cockroaches crawl on toilet rims and toothbrush bristles.

  • Cockroaches climb on dirty mops and fruit that is sitting on your kitchen island.

  • Cockroaches feed on cat feces in your cat's litter box as readily as they will feed on cereal in your pantry.

  • Cockroaches can feed on dead skin cells in your eyebrows and eyelashes while you sleep.

Do you see the problem? The behavior patterns and food sources of cockroaches make them a hazard no matter where they are. It would take a significant effort on your part to keep your home clean enough to make cockroaches clean insects. They're drawn to rotting things. It's not their fault. They're born into it.

Health Concerns Associated With Cockroaches

It isn't surprising that cockroaches are connected to the spread of harmful bacteria, parasitic worms, and also trigger asthma and other allergies. It is not surprising that they are public enemy number one for the food industry, from growers to restaurant owners and grocery store managers. Cockroaches are dirty. It is best to never let them live in your Souderton home.

Cockroach Prevention Tips

There are some things you can do to protect yourself from cockroach-related illness and possibly drive cockroaches out of your home:

  • Sanitation is key. When you clean, you remove potential food sources.

  • Put your pantry and cabinet foods in sealed glass or hard plastic containers.

  • Periodically clean your drains with some form of bioremediation.

  • Address any conditions that cause moisture, such as leaking faucets and weeping pipes.

  • Install dehumidifiers in locations in your home that are humid or damp.

Professional Cockroach Control In Souderton

For the greatest level of control, turn to the licensed and experienced pest professionals at Moyer Pest Control. We offer professional cockroach control treatments for Souderton homes and can help you achieve long-term protection against Souderton's cockroaches. Reach out to us today and tell us about your cockroach problem to get started!

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