Cockroaches leave faeces or droppings that are easily identifiable. The faeces of small cockroaches are black and resemble ground coffee or black pepper. Larger cockroaches leave black or brown droppings which are cylindrical in shape and have ridges down the side.

German, American and Oriental cockroaches’ faeces and saliva contain problematic proteins and allergens, which may trigger asthma attacks. Scientific studies have identified a correlation between the presence of cockroaches and the incidence of asthma, not only increasing its incidence, but also worsening asthma symptoms more than other triggers. The allergens may be ingested where foods are contaminated with faeces, or inhaled when dried faeces becomes a part if household dust.

Cockroaches are also known to carry, on their cuticle, in their gut and their faeces, disease organisms. Each cockroach may typically carry several million bacteria on and inside its body. Carrying a variety of disease organisms including Salmonella that causes food poisoning, and other organisms causing gastroenteritis, dysentery, tuberculosis, hepatitis, typhoid fever. Cockroaches then contaminate food products, utensils and various areas with these disease causing organisms via their droppings, cast skins, empty egg cases, dead cockroaches and vomit marks on surfaces.

Overall the health threat posed by cockroach populations that closely cohabit with humans is considered by most to be very serious. Should you find cockroach feces in your house, vacuuming and cleaning affected areas with warm water and soap can help lessen allergic reactions. Contact your Federal Pest Control professionals to deal with cockroach infestations in the safest, most effective manner.

You might have noticed I have just referred to a few different species of cockroaches German, American and Oriental etc. Learn how to tell them apart, because trust me you can’t tell these cockroaches apart by their accents.

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