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Dangers of a Cockroach Infestation

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Dangers of a Cockroach Infestation

Cockroaches are a public health concern in NYC. They are a major source of food-borne illnesses, and potentially the spread of disease in the city. Part of this is due to the areas where roaches live – in trash, sewer pipes, and other spaces of decay. But roach biology itself can also cause irritating or even extreme health symptoms for many people.

These health risks make it important to act fast whenever you notice cockroaches in your home. Letting them go untreated will only enable the problems to get worse as the number of roaches increases.

What are the Risks of Roaches in NYC

There are a number of factors that make roaches a risky infestation. A single roach can quickly multiply into hundreds of bugs that spread throughout a building, making them hard to get rid of. They are also hard to find and resistant to treatments, all the while you are dealing with the uncomfortable idea that you are sharing your home with bugs.

But the most dangerous aspect of cockroaches are the health issues they cause, including:

  • Spread of Bacteria – As roaches travel around, they can pick up the bacteria that cause E. coli, salmonella, dysentery, and other illnesses. They can then transfer these bacteria behind on surfaces and food through their skin, oils, and droppings. Eating food that has been contaminated by roaches or touching a surface and then touching your mouth can lead to anything from food poisoning to an extreme illness requiring hospitalization.
  • Allergies – A large portion of the population is allergic to cockroaches. Breathing in or touching the allergens left behind in their shed skins can cause rashes, itchy eyes and nose, congestion, scratchy throat, and similar symptoms that will persist as long as roaches are present.
  • Respiratory Illnesses – The allergens are also able to cause respiratory issues like breathing problems and asthma attacks. These risks are most common for those who already have asthma.

If you own a business or manage a building, there are additional financial risks if your customers or tenants notice signs of cockroaches. This can result in lost sales and penalties due to the health risks that roaches pose.

All of these dangers make roaches a dangerous pest in NYC. Unfortunately, they are also one of the hardest to exterminate. 24 Hour Pest Control NYC uses advanced treatments, expert pest professionals, and solutions tailored to your property to effectively get rid of roaches. Contact us to get started with the leading protection against harmful cockroaches.

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