Few things are as loathsome as finding an infestation of cockroaches in your home. Even a brief sighting of one in your bathroom or kitchen is a cause for concern, as it likely means more are breeding out of sight and in dark corners where you cannot see them. At Pointe Pest Control, we have found cockroaches to be an issue in even the newest, most carefully organized, and cleanest of homes. While an accumulation of trash or debris in cabinets or closets does not help the situation, a cockroach infestation is not a reflection on you and your family. Do not let shame or denial keep you from dealing with what could be a potentially dangerous situation.
Harmful Effects of Cockroaches
Cockroaches are undeniably gross and something no homeowner, business owner, or apartment dweller wants to confront. Unfortunately, these pests are known for multiplying rapidly, and in addition to making it impossible to relax and enjoy your property or have guests over, the presence of cockroaches can also pose significant health risks.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cockroaches have become well adapted to living with humans and resistant to efforts at eradication. Cockroaches are primarily nocturnal creatures, which means they generally only come out at night; to be sure, if you are seeing cockroaches throughout daytime hours, it likely indicates a significant problem.
While cockroaches are not known to bite humans, they have other ways of potentially harming you and others in your home or on your property. In addition to the emotional trauma and repulsion many experience on seeing a cockroach or finding one on or near them, there are serious illnesses cockroaches can transmit:
- Allergens: Cockroaches and their dropping are a known allergen that can cause aggravated breathing and congestions for sufferers.
- Asthma: The presence of cockroaches is dangerous for asthma sufferers, making wheezing more likely and triggering asthma attacks;
- Salmonella: When cockroaches infest cabinets and crawl on dishes or burrow into food supplies, it could result in salmonella poisoning;
- Poliomyelitis virus: Responsible for polio outbreaks, this virus has largely been eradicated through vaccinations in the United States. However, it can be spread through cockroaches and could leave children and older adults at risk;
- Entamoeba histolytica: A dangerous and unfortunately common condition, this causes an infection that can spread among both humans and animals, mimicking flu symptoms and causing organ and tissue damage. It can be spread through cockroach droppings and waste that gets on countertops and in food sources.
All of the above present serious issues that could impact you, your loved ones, and visitors to your home or office. The only way to protect yourself and others is to address once and for all your underlying cockroach infestation.
Dealing with Your Cockroach Problem Once and for All
Identifying the types of cockroaches infesting your home is an important first step in pest elimination. According to Penn State University, there are four main types of cockroaches likely to be found in homes in Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas:
- German cockroaches: The most common type of cockroach found in homes and business, these tend to be under a half-inch-long, with pale brown bodies with darker markings.
- American cockroaches: The largest of this type of pest, these can grow to one-and-a-half inches and are usually dark or reddish brown.
- Brown banded cockroach: Generally less than an inch long, they are easily identified by their namesake brown markings.
- Oriental cockroach: These are generally more than an inch long and while they do not fly, they have wings that cover a large portion of their body.
The type of cockroaches you have in your home will determine the types of treatment needed. Rather than putting yourself through the stress and trauma of trying to identify them yourself, call in our experienced cockroach pest control experts. We can thoroughly assess your cockroach problem and plan a course of action designed to eliminate them for good.
Don’t Face the Dangers of Cockroaches without the Help of an Expert
Cockroaches are not something you want to deal with on your own. It takes persistent effort by knowledgeable experts to eliminate this pest, which could be endangering your family. At Pointe Pest Control, we employ safe, eco friendly methods of eliminating cockroaches that are proven to be effective and we back our service up with a 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee. Contact our cockroach control experts today as a first step in reclaiming your home and eliminating this dangerous problem for good.