What Health Risks can Cockroaches Cause?

Cockroaches are probably the grittiest survivors in Planet Earth’s history. They have been around since the time of the dinosaurs and will probably stay around long after our race has vanished from the planet too!

Now, despite the respect these insects deserve for their gritty survival skills, we humans do have to think about ourselves too, and this is where the health risks that cockroaches cause come in.

There are about 4,600 cockroach species that have been discovered until now, and of these, only around 30 species have been found to frequent or live around human habitat. Even out of these 30 species, there are only about four cockroach species that actually invade human space and therefore qualify as pests.

Yet, even these few numbers of cockroaches are enough to spread havoc in your household or office space.

Although cockroaches may seem like harmless creatures, considering that they do not really attack humans directly nor bite or sting us, they do spread diseases and are even a cause for allergies.

As far as allergies are concerned, cockroach allergens like their droppings, their saliva and even the skin they shed can cause serious allergies in some people who are susceptible to allergic reactions. In some cases, people can develop serious asthmatic attacks too.

And since you would probably never associate these health reactions with a cockroach considering how they hardly roam your property in front of your eyes, the situation becomes even more dangerous.

Apart from the possibility of allergies, allowing cockroaches to invade your space also means that you are allowing these pests to spread various diseases – up to at least 33 different kinds of bacteria that can cause various infections and diseases, six types of parasitic worms and seven different types of human pathogens.

The threat, is therefore real!