Cockroaches are hardy pests that can pose significant threats to human health. Cockroach saliva, feces and decomposing body parts can cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma symptoms, and they can also spread 33 kinds of bacteria, including Salmonella and E. coli.
Dallas Pest Control Service says, “Cockroaches are notoriously difficult to control, but taking preventative measures is necessary to protect human health.” They suggest that homeowners keep counters, sinks, tables and floors meticulously clean every day. Store food in airtight containers and always avoid leaving food out—including pet food. People should vacuum crumbs stuck in corners and around cabinets and regularly clean cabinets out with soap and water, as well as check under sinks and clean under appliances for moisture issues.
Cockroaches are attracted to moisture and can only survive for a week without water, so always wipe up standing water around sinks, tubs and toilets, Dallas Pest Control Service says. Fix leaky faucets and ensure sinks are clear of water before bedtime—cockroaches are nocturnal and will typically emerge to search for water and food at night when the house is dark and quiet.
Last, the company suggests people eliminate clutter where possible to reduce hiding spaces for cockroaches. Basement windows and areas where weather-stripping has become worn are frequent points of access for cockroaches, so homeowners should be sure to seal any cracks or crevices that these pests could use to enter the home.
SOURCE: Press Advantage [Link]
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