Are Cockroaches Dangerous In Turks & Caicos?

a cockroach crawling on food in a home on grand turk island

It can feel like cockroaches are just a part of life in Turks and Caicos. These insects are extraordinarily hard to keep out of a home, and the climate here is perfect for them to thrive and reproduce. With routine pest control service, however, it is possible to maintain a cockroach-free home. Are cockroaches dangerous? Read on to find out!

Cockroaches are drawn to dirty things. Outside, you may find them feeding on dead animals and feces; in your home, you'll find them in the trash or in a sink drain. Cockroaches are the sanitation engineers of the animal kingdom, which is all well and good outdoors, where they serve an important purpose. Inside your home, however, they spread harmful bacteria from dirty locations, such as your toilet bowl, to locations that should remain clean, such as countertops, tabletops, food-prep surfaces, cutting boards, etc.

Common Cockroach Health Hazards

Is harmful bacteria dangerous? Not generally. Exposure is likely to lead to flu-like symptoms and nothing more; however, there are some bacteria that can cause significant problems, such as E. coli, salmonella, and staphylococcus, to name a few. Bacteria like these can lead to urinary tract infections, cholera, polio, septicemia, and more. Individual cockroaches have been found to have as many as 14 million microbes on their exterior and 7 million in their fecal droppings.

When cockroaches get into a home, they also get into food packages in food-storage areas. These insects are able to chew through paper and thin plastics, and, when they get into stored foods, they can taint those foods. Additionally, cockroaches bring parasites with them, such as hookworm, pinworm, roundworm, whipworm, and more. These parasites also come with their own lists of health threats.

We could go on and on, but the short answer is yes – cockroaches can be dangerous. They're linked to the spread of more than 33 kinds of bacteria, six parasitic worms, and more than seven human pathogens. These insects can make you very sick. Fortunately, there is something you can do about them!

How Parkway Pest Solutions Can Protect Your Home

Don't let cockroaches spread illness in your Turks and Caicos home. Parkway Pest Solutions is a leader in the pest control industry, and we back our service with our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. For effective cockroach control in Turks and Caicos, reach out today!