One of the biggest mistakes you can make regarding cockroaches is to think that cockroaches are no big deal. These insects are not only resilient enough to be vehicles for harmful organisms that can make you sick, but they’re drawn to dirty places where these organisms can be acquired. So it isn’t surprising that they are linked to the spread of more the 33 kinds of harmful bacteria, more than 7 human pathogens, and at least 6 parasitic worms. If this isn’t enough, they’re also connected to increases in Asthma symptoms. Cockroaches are no joke. When they get into your home, they can make everyone sick. Here are a few more mistakes homeowners make when dealing with cockroaches.
Killing Them With Insecticide.
This is a bad idea in many ways. If you don’t know what products to use, how much to apply, and where to apply them, you’re setting yourself up for even more health issues. These chemicals will harm you a lot more than they’ll harm cockroaches. Roaches have the ability to develop a cuticle (skin) that is resistant to the chemicals the cockroach has found in its environment. This chemical resistance not only helps to keep cockroaches alive, it allows them to bring the chemicals into sensitive areas in the same way they transport many organisms. This can contaminate your food, your dishes, your silverware, and your food-prep surfaces.
Thinking You Only Have One or Two Roaches
If you only see a roach here and there, you may be tempted to think you don’t have a big problem. But cockroaches don’t prefer to be seen. If you’re seeing them, it is likely that there are anywhere from 900 to several thousand cockroaches in your home that you’re not seeing, according to research studies.
Using Cockroach Traps
This pest control option can have some success but, when deployed by an untrained individual, it can give you a sense of false security when you lay traps down or find dead cockroaches in treated areas. The only real solution to a cockroach problem is a comprehensive and systematic approach that includes monitoring of cockroach activity in places you can’t easily see. This is why it is best to hire a licensed professional for roach problems.
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