It probably goes without saying that you do not want to invite roaches to stay in any area of your home, but this should be especially true when it comes to your kitchen. Roaches in the kitchen can be a serious hazard. Because this is where most of your food is stored, the kitchen is an optimal area of the home for roaches to infest, and it’s also the area where it is easiest to spread harmful bacteria. Here are some reasons you should do everything you can to keep them out of your home.
They are a major health concern
The biggest issue with roaches and other pests is that they present serious health concerns. Roaches can trigger severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks, especially in young children and the elderly. They have been found to carry 33 different types of bacteria, including serious illnesses like salmonella and E.coli. They can also parasitic worms and several other dangerous human pathogens.
They can attract other pests
Having roaches in your home can be an invitation to other pests, like mice and rats. Roaches are actually a food source for mice, so if you’re dealing with a roach infestation it could quickly turn into a mouse problem as well.
They can easily contaminate your food
If cockroaches get into your kitchen, they can easily contaminate your food and food prep areas simply by walking over them and getting into cupboards. Food is no longer safe to consume once roaches have been introduced to the area they are kept in.
Signs you have roaches in your kitchen
Once you notice that you have a roach problem in your kitchen, it’s important to act immediately. Here are some signs to look out for.
A foul or musty odor
If you smell musty odors coming from your kitchen or anywhere else in your house, that’s a sign that you could have roaches lurking somewhere. Roaches cause foul smells, and the worse the smell gets the more roaches there are, most likely.
Brown smear marks When they are introduced to moisture, especially, roaches can leave oddly shaped brown marks everywhere. It’s important to act quickly once you notice these marks, as it could mean they have gotten into your water supply.
Roach droppings can look like tiny pepper specks or miniature pellets, smaller than mouse or rat droppings. A lot of droppings in one area, or even spread out, can mean a large infestation.
Roaches are one insect that does shed their skin as they go through multiple lifecycles. Seeing the shells of roaches is a definite sign that you have a problem.
Seeing a living roach
As soon as you see an actual roach crawling in the kitchen, you know for sure that you have an infestation. When you see one, that most likely means that there are more and you need to act quickly to prevent any further damage to your home or a larger infestation.
How to get rid of roaches in the kitchen
The best thing to do when you see roaches is to call an exterminator. As mentioned before, roaches present serious risks to your family’s health and they should be removed as soon as possible. Professional pest control services know what they are doing, and will safely and efficiently remove roaches and other pests from your kitchen. They can also guide you in preventative methods of keeping roaches away to avoid these problems in the future.
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