Are Cockroaches Dangerous or Harmful?

Posted on 2019-09-11

They’re gross and they’re unwelcome. But are cockroaches harmful? Do they pose any risk to your health?

They may not bite or sting, but cockroaches can pose other dangers and health risks. This is why you should not wait to call an exterminator if you’re experiencing an infestation.

Here is a closer look at some of the health risks that these unwelcome pests will bring into your home.

Cockroaches are Carriers of Bacteria

You’re right to have a visceral reaction to seeing a cockroach. These little monsters are famous for carrying any number of harmful bacteria. They can bring this into your home and infect food or food preparation areas.

They have been linked to at least 33 kinds of bacteria, including:

  • Salmonella

  • E. coli

  • At least 6 parasitic worms

  • At least 7 other types of human pathogens

They have also been known to carry microorganisms that can cause: 

  • Diarrhea

  • Dysentery

  • Cholera

  • Leprosy

  • Plague

  • Typhoid fever

  • Viral diseases, like poliomyelitis

They aren’t quite as bad as rats, as far as carriers go. They probably won't be the main cause of a disease spreading, but they can certainly help.

If you’re experiencing any symptoms of sickness while your home is infested, you should seriously consider seeing a doctor. You may have picked up something very bad from them.

Problems for Asthma Sufferers

Even if they’re not carrying any bacteria, cockroaches can still pose serious health risks for people with asthma or other respiratory conditions.

Cockroaches will shed their skin and leave it behind, which can get into the air and cause all kinds of problems for you. Even if you can’t see the problem, it’s still very much there.

This is a particularly big problem if you have young children that are more vulnerable to respiratory infections.

Do You Have a Cockroach Problem?

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