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4 Health Problems Caused by Cockroaches

They’re hideous, they don’t seem to go away, and they’re been around for centuries. Cockroaches are, perhaps, some of the worst pests a home can have. Once you see just one crawling across the floor or the counter, there’s a good chance anywhere from 900 to 330,000 could be living in your walls.

cockroachSome might say, they’re just bugs. What’s the harm? But in terms of your health, cockroaches are extremely harmful:

Food Contamination

Cooked your meal correctly but ended up with food poisoning? A cockroach may be to blame. These creatures feed on just about everything, including soap and human hair. And after they do, they leave fecal matter and egg shells behind, usually in the same spots.


Cockroaches constantly regurgitate their saliva and digestive fluids. In the process, you get exposed to the many germs and bacteria living in their guts. As well, microbes passively cling to their body surface.

What could end up in your home?

  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacteria associated with developing urinary tract infections, digestive problems, and sepsis.
  • Salmonella, a bacteria that may result in conditions ranging from food poisoning to typhoid.
  • E. Coli
  • Parasitic worms
  • 7 types of human pathogens


Their saliva and bodily secretions, additionally, trigger allergies. When your home has an infestation, you may start to experience low-level allergic reactions, such as skin rashes, sneezing, and watery eyes. People with no history of allergies may additionally develop these symptoms over time.

Asthma Attacks

While the source isn’t directly known, cockroaches presence increases incidence of asthma attacks, even in people with no history of the condition.

As soon as you spot these pests, get an exterminator on the phone. Long-term exposure may be hazardous to your health. Work with Eliminate ‘Em for professional roach extermination. Our team is available 24/7 for immediate extermination or to develop a long-term pest control plan.