Roachy Don Juan; a.k.a. the heartthrob that may be taking your breath away in more ways than one... The Cockroach! The screech (accompanied by heart pounding) that one emits at the sight of this infamous figure - akin to teenage girls at a One Direction concert - may be the least of your worries when it comes to your health
Cockroaches affect your health in a myriad of ways. Like a lovelorn individual, over exposure to this entrancing Casanova may leave you hyperventilating and breathless. Asthma caused by the presence of cockroaches may be more than a myth.
Cockroaches pose health risks
Asthma is a condition in which your airways narrow and swell up; this makes breathing challenging and may trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. According to Health24 it involves two primary elements, episodic tightness in the chest and chronic inflammation of the airways.
People predisposed to allergies are more prone to asthma, and it is those same people who are most susceptible to the effects of cockroaches. Similarly to how you would spritz a bit of cologne on your collar in a bid to lure your love interest, the cockroaches own brand of cologne (faecal matter and decomposed debris) becomes airborne and once inhaled increases the likelihood of an allergic response in the lungs, which results in asthma.
Faecal matter and decomposing debris from cockroaches are just the right size to be lifted into the air, inhaled into the bronchial tubes and be recognized by your immune system as a signal to cause an allergic reaction (allergic reaction in the bronchial tube is asthma).
Similar to dislodging cupid's arrow, common DIY methods of ridding one's premises of cockroaches may create even more dire consequences, as home-pesticides and repellents often aggravate asthma even further.
Studies have shown that insect repellents have a detrimental effect on your respiratory system, inducing an increase in asthma. Treating a cockroach infestation with insect repellents in the hope of ending that unhealthy relationship and relieving your asthma symptoms is a catch-22 scenario.
Cockroaches contaminate surfaces
Due to their unsanitary eating habits, cockroach droppings often contain harmful pathogens (similar to their saliva). Organisms ingested when eating contaminated food lie dormant in their digestive system, and are then excreted as pathogens in their droppings; thus contaminating any surface on which they leave their droppings.
Cockroach Control Tips: How to prevent Cockroaches
There are some practical methods of controlling and preventing Roachy Don Juan and his entire family from invading your home:
- Eliminate food supplies; store dry foods in tightly sealed containers or in sealed plastics
- Clear all waste food and liquid spillage; clean up food debris from food preparation areas
- Remove pet food; and drink and litter trays before nightfall
- Rinse cans, bottles and plastics before putting them in recycling bins
- Declutter; remove old stacks of newspapers, unused cardboard boxes and all other forms of clutter from the floor
- Varnish or paint wood shelves to seal them, and wipe them clean regularly
- Seal entry points to deny access to cockroaches
How to get rid of cockroaches
A timely response at the very first hint of a cockroach infestation is important to control the critters; their resilience means that a professional cockroach control service is the most reliable form of control. Only expert cockroach products and solutions are powerful enough to get rid of cockroaches and stop Roachy Don Juan's move on you and your loved ones.
If you have discovered a cockroach problem at your home or workplace, be sure to give the experts a call for professional solutions.
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