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Cockroaches in Your Dallas Home: Are They Dangerous to Your Health?

Oct 11, 2021

Cockroaches are everywhere, especially in places that are dark and moist. Hopefully, you only see them outside, but these pests do move into houses. Once they’re in, they can have a negative impact on your health.

The most common cockroaches in Dallas, TX include the American cockroach, brown-banded cockroach, and German cockroach. These annoying pests hide in dark spaces where they find food and water sources.

Cockroaches are omnivorous creatures that will eat nearly anything, even hair and books. However, they prefer sweet and starchy foods. If you have any crumbs lying around, there is a chance that cockroaches will find them.

What Diseases Do They Spread?

The big problem with cockroaches is that they can spread diseases. They walk everywhere, so their feet often carry around bacteria and other filth. They can enter Dallas homes and spread diseases like salmonella, diarrhea, and staphylococcus. All in all, they distribute more than 30 bacterial diseases. 

Most of the diseases cockroaches spread create intestinal problems. However, they can also be dangerous for people who suffer from allergies and asthma. Allergy researchers found that cockroaches are a common allergen in the United States. Their excrement and other body parts cause severe allergic reactions that can lead to chronic asthma. 

Unfortunately, cockroach allergies tend to be problematic for young children regardless of whether the roaches are dead or living. This is especially true for kids exposed to them both at home and school. 

Cockroach Prevention

A cockroach on top of a light blue pipe

Roaches prefer to hide near a food source, so the best way to prevent an infestation is to keep your home tidy. Clean up messes in your kitchen and regularly clean under your refrigerator and in your kitchen cabinets. If you have a pet, keep their food containers tightly closed. 

You can also prevent roaches by keeping trash bins outside rather than in your garage or on a porch. Check your pipes in the basement and under all of your household sinks. Fix any leaks so roaches and other pests will not find an easy water source. 

Along with keeping your home clean and taking care of leaky pipes, there are several other steps you can take to keep roaches out of your home. They include:

  • Never leave open food containers on your countertops or in your cabinets
  • Clean crumbs and spills in and around your kitchen appliances
  • Only eat in the kitchen
  • Empty your trash regularly
  • Use secure lids on your trash cans
  • Clean your kitchen floor before you go to bed each night
  • Secure any minor entry points, especially cracks and crevices in the foundation
  • Replace any worn weatherstripping
  • Do not keep cardboard boxes in your home or garage

Get Rid of Cockroaches Once & For All

Cockroaches crawling on a countertop and in a dish with bread

If you see cockroaches in your home, it’s time to hire a professional exterminator. Romney Pest Control’s experienced team of exterminators offer comprehensive Dallas, Tx pest control options and can remove cockroaches from your home, no matter what time of year.

Don’t risk letting cockroaches spread diseases in your home. Instead, let the exterminators at Romney Pest Control get rid of them once and for all.

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