When people think about cockroaches, they generally think about dirt, disgust, diseases. It is true that roaches tend to be in dirty areas, but there are many other things to consider about cockroaches. First, most people think that cockroaches are only ever present in a dirty home or establishment. This is actually a myth. The fact is that cockroaches can infest any area. The reason they are more prominent in dirty places is the clutter. Roaches love dark, damp places, and dirty homes and establishments provide a great deal of this type of area.
However, it is entirely possible for a clean home to become infested by roaches. Especially if it is near the woods and there are unsealed crevices in the structure. Another common thought where cockroaches are concerned is that they carry diseases. The answer to this is YES, THEY DO; however, they are not direct vectors of diseases.
If you do not know what this means, here is an example. A mosquito is a direct vector. This is because they bite and transmit the disease directly to humans. A cockroach, on the other hand, does not transmit diseases via a bite. This does not mean that they do not carry diseases or that humans cannot contract them. All it means is that they are not going to pass a disease to you by biting you. In fact, it is not likely for a cockroach to bite at all.
Why Are Cockroaches Dangerous?
Cockroaches are dangerous for many reasons, but some are more dangerous than others. The primary danger of cockroaches comes in the form of asthma. Roaches contain a protein in their bodies that some people are allergic to. When a roach sheds its skin, leaves feces, or leaves saliva, it can get into the air. When this happens, it can cause a serious asthma attack in anyone sensitive to the protein. Not only that, but it can cause other allergic reactions including a rash. An estimated 300 thousand people suffer from asthma. Anyone who suffers from asthma is at risk of a serious attack caused by the presence of cockroaches.
Other ways cockroaches are dangerous include the many types of bacteria that they carry. They can spread these diseases and infections in many ways. They can release them into the air with shed skin, feces, vomit, and saliva. These things can also infect food that is fixed near them. A person can also come into direct contact with any of these things or even the roach itself.
What Diseases Do Cockroaches Carry?
Cockroaches have the potential to carry a long list of diseases. Here is a quick list of the various types of bacterial and other diseases roaches can carry.
⦁ Typhoid Fever
Keep in mind that these are things that Cockroaches can facilitate the spread of and are not, per se, a roach disease. In many cases, it is the organisms that create the diseases that the roach carries.
Additional Facts About Cockroaches
- Some people believe small cockroaches are not as disease ridden or dangerous as the bigger ones. This is not true in any way. The size of the roach is irrelevant to the diseases it can carry or how dangerous it is. Different species are inherently different sizes, not to mention that different ages of roaches will be different sizes. In fact, adolescent roaches shed their skin every time they grow which can be quite frequently. This means they are more likely to produce the protein that causes severe asthma attacks.
- If you believe that you may have a roach problem, in addition to working towards eliminating them, it is vital to clean. This is especially important where food is concerned. Wash all food containers, pots, pans, dishes, and utensils before and after use. Clean all cooking surfaces, floors and counters regularly.
- If you see a roach, it is best to eliminate it. However, it will not do any good to remove its head. Because roaches breathe through orifices in their bodies, they can survive for a while without a head. Although, it will only live for approximately a week. This is because the roach does not have a way to consume water without a head. This means that it will die of dehydration which takes about a week.