Health Concerns Cockroaches Bring to Texas Homes and Businesses

July 31, 2018

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During the summer, cockroaches become much more active. The combination of the hot weather and the moisture provides these pests with the perfect environment to thrive in, which will lead to them exploring the edges of your yard, especially in moist shaded areas. If your property is located near a forest or a wooded area, your chances of having cockroaches are even greater. When these pests invade your yard, they'll begin exploring your outside walls. If they find their way inside, they can present serious health concerns!

What kind of health concerns do cockroaches really present? We're glad you asked. A surprising number of people don't take cockroach problems seriously enough. Sure, they think roaches are disgusting but they shrug off the health risks or don’t take the time to learn about them. We could provide you with several pages of information you should know about cockroaches but instead, here is a short summary of these pests from the National Pest Management: "Cockroaches have been implicated in the spread of 33 kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella species, six parasitic worms, and more than seven other types of human pathogens." And, if that isn't reason enough to keep cockroaches out of your home or businesses, The National Cooperative Inner-City Asthma Study found that asthmatic children exposed to cockroach allergens were more likely to have sleepless nights, increased wheezing, unscheduled visits to a healthcare professional, and an increase in missed school days. They also found that cockroach allergens were not only an issue for children, but that adults were also affected; they also found that elderly people with severe asthma in NYC had links to cockroach infestations.

Cockroaches are dirty insects. These pests are just as comfortable feeding on the carcass of a dead animal as they are crawling around on the bowl of fruit you leave on the dining room table. They will travel from the toilet bowl room to your toothbrush in a matter of seconds and will even hide inside your coffee maker! As these cockroaches crawl around your home and on your food sources, personal items, and on the surfaces in your home, they spreading bacteria and pathogens that can cause serious illnesses. In addition, when cockroaches invade a business, they can make customers and employees become very sick.

How Roaches Get In

Once cockroaches find their way into your yard, they will look for moist, shaded locations around the perimeter of your home’s foundation. They'll also hide under your ornamentals, crawl inside the structure of playground equipment, hide underneath rocks, explore under your deck, and get into your trash — any place that is dark and moist will be inviting to cockroaches!

The more factors attracting cockroaches to your exterior walls, the greater the chances of an infestation. Reducing desirable conditions on your property or around your home can make your home or business less vulnerable to an invasion. To deter cockroaches, try some of these tips:

  • Keep trash bags inside sealed receptacles and keep your trash receptacles clean as the smell of trash is a powerful attractant for roaches.

  • Trim trees and bushes to allow more light in; the brighter the area around your foundation is, the less interesting it will be to roaches.

  • Repair leaky spigots and hoses, clear gutter systems, prevent standing water by loosening soil or creating a slope, water your landscaping only as much as needed, and try to prevent vernal pools as much as possible to reduce moisture; reducing moisture reduces cockroaches, it's that simple.

  • If you have wet wood in your yard, roaches will feel right at home. Try replacing wooden flower bed or plant bed borders with stone and replacing wood chips with gravel, if possible. It is also a good idea to remove conditions that allow for the wood on your property to become damp. In addition, if you have firewood stacked against your home, move it 20 feet away from the exterior of your home and elevate it up off the ground.

  • Always keep compost away from your home as cockroaches love rotting, organic material.

The best way to keep cockroaches from exploring your yard and exterior walls and finding their way inside this summer is to utilize professional residential or commercial pest control. Pest management professionals use established protocols and products to create a barrier of protection around your home or business that will stop roaches in their tracks. This is vital protection for a pest that can climb walls, walk across ceilings, and sometimes even fly! Good luck keeping those invasive pests out without a pest control barrier! Instead of leaving whether or not these pests invade your home or business up to chance, partner with a pest control professional for routine visits and an appropriate application of control products to targeted locations.

If you live in Houston, Katy, Cypress, Sugar Land or the surrounding area, contact Modern Pest Control for industry-leading pest control!

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