As the holidays approach, there’s one thing you certainly wouldn’t want to be finding in your Halloween sweets and under your Christmas tree… cockroaches.
It’s common knowledge how cockroaches send a shiver down your spine just by looking at them, but do you know just how germ-riddled they really are? Read on to find out the gruesome details and how you can put a stop to these bacteria-carrying creatures.
Cockroaches have no respect for hygiene.
Cockroaches will eat everything and anything they can get their feelers on, and in this busy food-filled period leading up to the holidays, this is also perfect conditions for your creepy crawly friends. After their fill of rotting garbage, other dead insects and even remnants of faeces, they release the contents of their stomachs by vomiting and defaecating – possibly onto your food. If you haven’t yet been put off your next meal, they then return to their stroll throughout your house; over utensils, food stores, and even toothbrushes.
It’s not only this repulsive habit that gives them a bad name. Some bacteria that have also been found in roaches are Salmonella, staphylococcus and streptococcus. They can also harbour viruses such as the polio virus. These all have the possibility to live in the gut of the cockroaches for months and even years. Allergies and asthma attacks have also been found to be caused by cockroaches.
How to put a stop to them.
The most effective way to keep a house roach-free is good hygiene practices. This includes and is not limited to:
- Thoroughly cleaning the house weekly (including underneath moveable appliances)
- Regularly emptying your bins
- Not leaving out any food scraps (including pet food)
- Sealing all your stored food
- Reducing clutter such as stacked boxes and newspapers
However, cockroaches can survive even the toughest of regimes, and one often means many others! Our specially trained technicians can help protect your home from cockroaches and other pests. Give us a call on 13 14 40 to find out how we can help!
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