Do you enjoy relaxing in a nice shady spot on a hot summer day? It's nice, isn't it? How about resting in a shady spot on a hot summer day that is damp? Probably not so nice. But to a cockroach, this is heaven. While roaches like the heat, they require lots of moisture to live and thrive. So shaded areas with damp ground are cockroach magnets. Do you have any damp, shaded areas around your Pittsburgh home? If so, don't be surprised when cockroaches move in. These versatile and highly mobile insects can go from your landscaping to the interior of your home in a matter of seconds if given an entry point. When they do, they can expose you and everyone living in your home to many threats. Let's take a look at some of them.
 
Do you know that cockroaches spread harmful bacteria? It isn't surprising. They crawl around in dumpsters, sewers, compost heaps, dead carcasses and more. When they come into your home and climb around on your dishes, silverware, cutting boards, and get into your food packages, they can introduce more than 33 different kinds of harmful bacteria, some you are probably aware of such as E. Coli and Salmonella.
 
Do you know that cockroaches can spread parasitic worms? These are disease-causing organism that live inside humans and other living creatures. If you own a dog, you may have had to deal with a parasitic worm infection at some point. Tapeworm is common in domesticated dogs. But cockroaches aren't a common spreader of tapeworm. That particular worm is more often spread by fleas and the mice and rats that carry fleas. But cockroaches aren't off the hook. A recent study of 844 adult cockroaches captured from an urban environment found that they had a 47.39% transport rate for parasitic worms. The worms found, in order of greatest to least were Ascaris, Trichuris, Capillaria, Toxocara, hookworm, and Eimeria, all of which can lead to sickness in humans. Experts suggest robust sanitation to reduce the risk of illness when cockroaches invade a home.
 
Do you know that cockroaches can spread human pathogens? While the words pathogen and bacteria are often used interchangeably, there is a difference. A pathogen may be bacteria, fungi, worms, viruses, protozoa or infection proteins called prions. Bacteria is just—well—bacteria. So, what do we mean when we say that cockroaches spread human pathogens? A pathogen is any microorganism capable of causing disease in a host. It is this ability we're focusing on. In the case of cockroaches, they have been found to transmit more than 7 pathogenic diseases, including polio.
 
Do you know that cockroaches are linked to an increase in asthma symptoms? Yup. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American found that the presence of cockroaches in homes, especially homes in urban centers, showed an increase in hospital visitation due to asthma symptoms. The hardest-hit demographics were children, the elderly and the infirm.
 
Do you know that cockroaches can bite? While they certainly don't prefer to because they don't prefer living tissue, they can and do bite people. This usually happens when cockroaches can't find enough food resources to meet the needs of their population. Bites often occur on the eyelids as cockroaches attempt to feed on dead skin in the eyelashes. These bites usually become infected and swell up due to bacteria introduce immediately into the wound by the cockroaches mouthparts.
 
Here is the last question we have for you. Do you think it is a good idea to have cockroaches in your Pittsburg home? If your answer is no, we can help. Witt Pest Management is Pittsburgh's oldest and most advanced pest control provider. Our team of highly trained and fully licensed professionals know the habits and habitat preferences of cockroaches in Pittsburg. And we know what pest control strategies and products work to effectively exclude them from man-made structures. Let our knowledge and experience work for you. Get started by reaching out to us right here on our webpage. Click on that little yellow dialog circle in the bottom right of the screen and get your questions answered quickly. We're here to help.