My Pest Control Quick Tips
We all get the occasional bites from familiar biting bugs such as bed bugs, mosquitoes, ticks or mites, but what about cockroach bite? To protect yourself from a cockroach bite, firstly you have to prevent cockroaches from breeding and staying in your home. They are mainly 3 types of cockroach species in Singapore and they are the American cockroach, German cockroach and Brown-banded cockroach. Get to learn symptoms of a roach bite and why cockroaches can be dangerous with us in the below.
Cockroaches actually do bite you (usually around the eyelids, mouth, hands and feet where food residue may be found), and may cause irritation, swelling, lesions and minor wound infections. However, they are unlikely to bite aggressively, unless it’s a serious infestation where cockroach population is large and food sources are limited.
To learn how to protect yourself from a cockroach bite, firstly you need to assess whether is your home at risk of a cockroach infestation?
They carry diseases and bacteria
Cockroaches spread diseases as they crawl and leave behind bacteria and germs with traces of their urine, feces and regurgitated saliva. These excrements contain harmful agents such as E.coli and salmonella that can cause urinary tract infections, typhoid, sepsis, and digestive problems.
They can cause allergies and asthma
Excrements which cockroaches leave behind also consist of allergens that can trigger allergy symptoms such as rashes, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes. They also shed off parts of their body that contain proteins and allergens, another cause of allergy and asthma risks.
They result in food contamination
Unlike other pests, cockroaches don’t transmit diseases directly. Instead, they contaminate food supply and surfaces they come across. An infected surface may later become the source of the disease and food that’s contaminated can result to severe food poisoning.
What? An ear invasion?
Cockroaches surface at night when we sleep. Sometimes, they may wander into our ears where it’s warm and humid. What attract them are the chemicals our ears secrete called volatile fatty acids. They tend to get stuck in our ear, and eventually cause ear infection.
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