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Cockroaches And The Diseases They Cause

Cockroaches, the creepiest pest of all live in a wide range of environment around the world. They mostly survive in warm conditions and are mostly found in the homes of densely populated cities.

As per the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, about 78 to 98 percent of homes have cockroaches and as many as 900 to 330,000 are found in each home!

Cockroaches become more active at a temperature greater than 21oC and thrive in warmer conditions with easy accessibility to food and water. One of the amazing facts about cockroaches is that they can live up to 3 months without food and one month without water.

Their ability to contaminate the place they dwell in make them a threat to the human life. They carry certain proteins, known as allergens on their feces, saliva and body parts that cause allergic reactions that lead to asthma symptoms in children.

Organisms carried by cockroaches

  • Salmonella spp.
  • Salmonella typhi
  • Entamoeba histolytica
  • Shigella dysenteriae
  • Poliomyelitis virus

These microbes lead to diseases such as follows:

1. Typhoid

Typhoid, a life-threatening disease is caused by the bacterium Salmonella typhi. This bacterium is said to affect about 21.5 million people every year. The bacteria spread through contaminated food and drinks. One who consumes it is said to be attacked by the bacterium, thus suffering from Typhoid.

2. Shigellosis

The root cause of Shigellosis is through the bacterium Shigella dysenteriae. People who are infected with this bacteria are said to develop diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever and in many cases food poisoning. The shigella bacteria are infectious and pass from one individual to other. If the infection is severe with high fever, this bacterium might also cause seizures in children less than 2 years of age.

3. Amoebiasis

This disease is caused by the parasite Entamoeba histolytica. It is most commonly found in people who live in tropical areas with poor sanitary conditions. The infection occurs when the individual ingests or puts in anything that has touched the feces or been contaminated by the parasite.

4. Polio

Polio, as known to everyone is one of the infectious diseases that is especially caused by the Poliomyelitis virus. This virus lives in the throat and the intestinal tract. The virus is mainly spread through contact with the stool of an infected person or through oral/nasal secretions.

For this reason, exterminating roaches from your household is a necessity. Do not give up! Book for a roach extermination now. Call us at 416-410-2786