The Dangers Roaches Bring To Nashville, TN Homes

October 15, 2021

Of course, nobody wants roaches in their Nashville home or business. But many people can’t really articulate why they don’t want them other than a general “they’re gross” or “they’re ugly.” While it’s true that roaches are gross and ugly, the reality is so much worse. The truth is that roaches are quite dangerous. They pose a threat to human and animal health, and they can also destroy property while they’re busy spreading disease and contaminating your food stores. The good news is you don’t have to put up with their bull. There are lots of things you can do to keep them away from your home or business. 

an american cockroach crawling on a piece of food

Why Roaches Invade Homes

Most people think of cockroaches as just a problem for gross places. Many believe that houses and commercial properties won’t have roaches if they practice good hygiene. While it’s true that roaches are more attracted to dirty places because they have easier access to the things they need, keeping your home clean is by no means a guarantee that you’ll never get roaches. 

Roaches are attracted to all human habitations because they have lots of goodies. Roaches can easily root through the garbage for a meal. They can get moisture from our humid basements or our leaky plumbing. And they can find plenty of predator-free shelter inside our walls. That means roaches could become interested in moving into your house no matter how clean you keep it. If you don’t cover your trash or store your food properly, you can vacuum as many times as you want, and you’ll still have roaches. 

Dangers Of Roaches

There are two main dangers of cockroaches: property damage and disease. Unlike rodents and termites, roaches don’t typically cause major structural damage. However, they can damage furniture, stain surfaces, burrow into insulation, and ruin appliances by hiding inside them. Such property damage is temporary and reversible once you take care of the infestation, but it can still be quite costly to clean up and repair after a roach infestation. 

The main danger of roaches is disease. Cockroaches are known or suspected to spread dozens of different diseases, some of which can lead to hospitalization and even death. Diseases spread by roaches include: 

  • Cholera
  • Dysentery
  • E. Coli
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Leprosy
  • Salmonella
  • Typhoid Fever

Roaches provide a vector to pathogens through several different avenues. They contaminate surfaces by crawling across them after hanging out in the trash or the sewer. They contaminate food stores with their saliva and by defecating in them. They also contaminate the general environment with their droppings, shed skins, and corpses. Roaches may also attract dangerous pests like spiders, scorpions, centipedes, and other creatures that prey on live roaches or scavenge their remains. 

What To Do About Roaches

The problem with roaches is that there are probably 40 to 50 you don’t see if you see one. Roaches want to avoid interacting with humans – for obvious reasons – so they’ll go to great lengths to never get within eyeshot of you. That means by the time you start seeing live roaches, you could already have a significant infestation.

Many homeowners try to use things like foggers and insecticide baits to get rid of roaches. There are two main issues with these do-it-yourself (DIY) methods. First, they can expose people and pets in the house to dangerous chemicals. Second, they’re not very effective. Roaches have earned their reputation for legendary toughness, and that toughness makes them resistant to many over-the-counter (OTC) treatment methods. 

Fortunately, there’s a better way. Here at Urbanex, we’re dedicated to providing customized, personalized service to every client. We can completely eradicate any size roach infestation and make sure it never comes back. So call us at (615) 247-6874 or visit our contact page to schedule your inspection today. 

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