Just looking at a pest does not always tell you how dangerous they are. Sometimes creatures look terrifying, but are completely harmless. Other times, they look like they couldn’t hurt a fly, yet they are capable of putting an individual in the hospital. Today we will be talking about one common home pest that is raising a lot of questions for residents around West Palm Beach. If you have never taken a deeper look into cockroaches, here are some things you should know, including what dangers they bring to area properties.
Why Cockroaches Invade Area Homes
Cockroaches are tough pests that can survive harsh environments and conditions. But they are also picky and are constantly looking for ways to make their own lives better. One way they do this is by invading homes in West Palm Beach. If you didn’t know, there is a good chance your living areas provide roaches with everything they need to survive and thrive, including accessible food, moisture, and places to hide. The only thing a cockroach needs to do is find a way inside and stay out of sight, and the rest is easy sailing.
How Cockroaches Spread Disease
You may not know this, but a cockroach’s main job is to break down organisms both alive and dead. These pests will regularly consume things like decaying fruits and vegetables, rotting meats, and dead animals. This type of behavior leaves roaches teaming with bacteria, parasites, and pathogens inside and out. They spread these sickness vectors over home surfaces, left-out food, and areas where food is kept. Two common diseases you might contract from cockroaches are salmonellosis and cholera.
How A Cockroach’s Skin and Fecal Droppings Cause Breathing Problems
Do you have trouble breathing around campfires and inside dusty homes? If so, you would not enjoy living with cockroaches. Why? Because this pest’s shed skin and fecal droppings are dry and regularly break up into fine particulates. These fine particulates are picked up by indoor air currents and act as irritants to people with respiratory problems. This issue becomes increasingly worse as cockroaches reproduce and infestations grow more severe.
Some Strategies To Prevent Cockroaches
Your end goal should be to prevent cockroaches from getting into your living areas. If you have some extra time on your hands, we recommend starting with these three tips.
- Thoroughly inspect your home’s exterior for openings that cockroaches might use to get inside. Seal gaps and cracks in your foundation using a caulking gun. Do the same for window/door frames. In addition to this, repair damage to window/door screens, weatherstripping, and door sweeps.
- Keep your home and property as dry as possible. To do this, repair damage to piping and fixtures, eliminate sources of water build-up, and use a dehumidifier around particularly humid areas inside your home.
- Clean your home regularly. To do this well, clean up food messes and drink spills as they occur, dust off surfaces, mop down floors, and vacuum carpets.
One Easy Tip To Eliminate Cockroaches
If your home is already crawling with dangerous cockroaches, do not hesitate to get the professionals at Empire Pest Defense involved. Our team has been combating pests since 2006 and has a focus on providing family-friendly home pest control services for locals around West Palm Beach. No one will take care of you as we will. Contact us today to talk about your options with one of our friendly service representatives. They will walk you through our process and schedule your West Palm Beach home for a visit from one of our technicians.