Dangers Cockroaches Bring To Jacksonville Homes

Talking about cockroaches can be unsavory. We don't recommend reading this article while you're eating. But we highly recommend that you make sure that you do read it, especially if you're seeing (or hearing) cockroaches in your home. These are extremely dangerous insects that can have a wide-reaching impact in your Jacksonville home.

a cockroach on a piece of bread in a home in amelia island florida

If you could follow a cockroach for a day, you would probably be disturbed at some point. You might watch it crawl around in the cat box and then find its way into your bathroom and sit on the bristles of your toothbrush. Cockroaches are known to eat feces and toothpaste. This scenario plays out more often than you might think.

If you could follow a cockroach, you would know that it can go outside into your yard and feed on a dead mammal or bird and then crawl around in your cabinets a few hours later. Roaches can usually enter and exit a home freely and they're known to feed on carrion and explore cabinets.

If you could follow a cockroach for a night, you would learn the disturbing fact that cockroaches can feed on the moisture in an open mouth and that they are drawn to babies breath because of the smell of souring milk.

If you could watch a cockroach you would find out that they leave their feces in many places you would not be okay with. You would also find them regurgitating partially digested food on dishes, silverware, and inside food packages.

Are you seeing the picture? We could be more graphic than this but that isn't our goal. Our hope is that you'll see the true nature of these insects. When you have cockroaches crawling around your home, it isn't like having ladybugs, box elder bugs or some other harmless insect. Cockroaches are drawn to filth and this makes them mechanical vectors for disease.

The list of diseases cockroaches can spread are detailed and complicated. Some are bacterial in nature. Some are parasitic. Some are pathogens. And these can intertwine in complex ways.

The symptoms of cockroach-related illness are also complicated. Many come with flu-like symptoms and sometimes are mistaken for the flu or the common cold. Others are more serious and can result in serious illness.

Cockroaches have been found to spread 33 kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella. Often called food poisoning, these two bacteria produce intestinal distress, diarrhea, fever, vomiting and more. Serious illness can result.
The CDC published a startling statistic regarding cockroaches. They estimate that 48 million people each year are exposed to bacteria that produce foodborne illnesses. Around 128,000 of those who become sick are hospitalized and around 3,000 die. While this statistic is not directly related to residential cockroach infestations, it is sobering nonetheless. Cockroaches are enemy number one for restaurants and food producers.

The National Pest Management Association asserts that cockroaches are linked to the spread of 33 kinds of bacteria, more than 7 human pathogens and 6 parasitic worms. These lead to some illnesses you probably know by name such as dysentery, typhoid fever, cholera, leprosy, plague, poliomyelitis and many more.

If all of these are not dangerous enough, studies have revealed a connection between cockroach infestation and asthma. 25 million people in the United States are impacted by asthma and, when cockroaches are involved, symptoms increase in frequency and severity, especially for children and the elderly. One study discovered that children who tested positive for cockroach allergens had more wheezing, more missed school days, and more unscheduled visits to the hospital than those who tested negative.

Are you seeing or hearing cockroaches in your Jacksonville home or are you noticing evidence such as feces and ootheca (cockroach egg sacks) in your home? Don't let those roaches live with you. Connect with the team here at Lindsey Pest Services and have those cockroaches eliminated. Cockroaches can be a serious threat to everyone living in your Jacksonville home.

Lindsey Pest Services is more than a licensed and certified pest management company, we have earned the QualityPro mark of excellence from the National Pest Management Association. This seal is your assurance that you'll get the best pest control service available. And, when it comes to cockroach infestations, you should settle for nothing less.


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