Cockroaches have been long despised by homeowners due to their creepy appearance. Cockroach control and management are important for health and safety reasons, because cockroaches are known to cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma attacks, especially in children. They also spread nearly 33 kinds of bacteria including E. coli and Salmonella.
Cockroaches and Allergies
Several large-scale studies have reinforced the dangerous connection between cockroaches and asthma in children. One in five children in the United States have severe sensitivities to cockroach allergens, which can cause or increase the severity of asthma symptoms. These allergens are most commonly introduced into homes through cockroach saliva, droppings and the decomposing bodies of these pests.
When Cockroaches Appear
Homeowners must be vigilant in preventing such infestations, especially during the summer months. Cockroaches are most active when temperatures reach 70 degrees or above and these pests thrive in warm, dark and moist places.
Tips For Prevention
NPMA offers homeowners these tips to protect their families and properties from cockroach infestations:
- Keep food sealed and stored properly, particularly in kitchens.
- Clean kitchens daily, where crumbs and trash are more likely to build up.
- Dispose of garbage regularly and store in sealed containers.
- Seal cracks and holes in homes, including entry points for utilities and pipes.
- Keep basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
- Contact a qualified pest professional at Reardon Associates to treat any infestations.
Take Action If You See One
If you see a cockroach in your home please get ahead of the situation and call us immediately at 302-792-9300