Caution: Cockroaches Are As Dangerous As Advertised
November 13, 2018
Caution: Contents are hot.
Danger: High voltage.
Warning: Choking hazard.
The above phrases are all pretty common ones. We’ve probably all seen those exact warning labels in one place or another. In fact, it’s safe to say that whether we’re always out and about or we never leave home, we see warning labels on a daily basis. They’re on road signs, vehicles, and products we use every day.
Warning labels are important. They alert us to potential dangers of which we might not otherwise be aware. They remind us to use caution when participating in certain activities. Their entire purpose is to help keep us safe.
Sometimes though, when we see these labels with as much frequency as we sometimes do, we begin to overlook them. It’s not that we’re unaware of them; we can still see them just fine. Instead, it’s that they can lose their power when we are inundated with them.
The same thing happens when we hear over and over again about the dangers of certain pests. At some point, instead of heeding the warnings about them, we start to ignore the warnings. It’s not that we don’t think the warnings are true; it’s just that they begin to lose power when we hear them so often.
Unfortunately, just as not heeding the warning on our favorite cup of joe could leave us with a seriously burned tongue, not heeding a warning about cockroaches could find us dealing with some serious health risks in our own home.
While there is some risk of damaged belongings if cockroaches get into your home (many of them love book binding glue, for instance), the bigger risk is the health concerns they bring.
Cockroaches often visit unsanitary places. They reside in sewers and dumpsters. They crawl through all manner of filth. Then they get into your house.
Unfortunately, the unsanitary visits don’t end there. Your home has its share of gross places, too. Raw meat in the trash, dirty toilets, nasty sink and tub drains… there’ no shortage of areas where cockroaches can pick up bacteria and pathogens. They spread those germs by walking on your countertops, food prep areas, and even the food itself, contaminating everything with which they come into contact. Cockroaches have been known to spread a number of diseases and illnesses, including Streptococcus and Salmonella.
There is even more bad news. Cockroaches can trigger asthma symptoms and attacks. Their shed skin and feces has been shown to exacerbate symptoms in some people.
Regardless of how numb you may have become to the warnings about cockroaches, it’s important to take them seriously. If you see a cockroach in your home, you may or may not have an infestation, but it is certainly not something to ignore. A thorough inspection should take place to ensure that you don’t have a cockroach problem in your home. This can be easily be done by a trained professional from Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions.
There are a few steps you can take to prevent cockroaches from entering your home:
- Cockroaches like moist environments, so make sure there are no leaking pipes or water-damaged areas in or around your home.
- Keep humidity down with good ventilation and the use of dehumidifiers.
- Always store food in the refrigerator or in sealed containers.
- Seal or repair all gaps, holes, and cracks around the outside of your home’s foundation, siding, windows, and doors.
Cockroaches are as dangerous as advertised and their presence should not be taken lightly. Nozzle Nolen has the knowledge, experience, and equipment needed to eliminate any cockroach problem you may encounter. Give us a call today.
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