Cockroach Health Hazards

Cockroach-borne Health Hazards and Diseases

Cockroaches are synonymous with filth and poor hygiene. Their feeding and nesting habits mean they can accumulate a range of pathogenic organisms.  Additionally, the health dangers posed by cockroaches usually don’t factor into the disgust felt at coming across them. Professional Cockroaches control health hazards. Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland cockroach elimination services, 1987 guarantee cockroach control. Kill cockroaches  For your cockroach pest control call us. We can help 0800 783-266, or simply email us.

For businesses, this can affect both customer and staff health. Besides, for companies handling and processing food, it could result in a breach of food safety laws and costs for eradication, cleaning and loss of stock.

How to control cockroaches

Cockroaches can transmit the following diseases:

  • Salmonellosis
  • Campylobacteriosis
  • Listeriosis
  • E. coli infections
  • Typhoid fever
  • Cholera
  • Dysentery
  • Leprosy
  • Plague
  • Asthma

The Hazards of Cockroaches

Auckland Pest Control cautions, cockroaches can bring about some adverse reactions, blood pressure, and, asthma attacks, along with other serious health hazards.

Their dead bodies, droppings, also, the saliva of a cockroach has allergen proteins known to cause allergies, and most of all, increase the severity of asthma. Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland cockroach elimination services, 1987 – Phone 0800 199 399, or email

Cockroaches opt for warm, damp areas with food sources; therefore, removing those attractive environments can help prevent cockroach infestations.

Cockroaches and asthma

Cockroach allergy was discovered in 1944 when patients developed a rash after cockroaches crawled on their skin.

Cockroaches can trigger asthma because they specific proteins in their bodies which can be an allergen for certain people. Asthma
In addition to troubling those with asthma already, cockroaches can also cause individuals to develop the condition. Approximately 70,000 people in Auckland have asthma, and cockroaches are a significant cause of respiratory disease. Children have a higher susceptibility to cockroach allergens and more allergen exposure, which puts them at the highest risk for developing asthma from these pests. Individuals living in inner-city areas are at increased risk of developing asthma. It is unclear whether cockroaches are the cause. Still, it is the reason for higher asthma rates in cities since cockroach infestations are more prevalent in urban environments. When tiny particles from cockroach bodies spread through the air in buildings, Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland cockroach elimination services, 1987 can help, these proteins inhaled and an asthma attack triggered in sensitive people.


Similar to rodents, cockroaches are known to transmit the Salmonella bacterium, which can cause salmonellosis, a disease in humans with symptoms similar to food poisoning.

Cockroaches accumulate the bacteria by crawling in filth and feeding on contaminated food materials: steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland cockroach elimination services, 1987.

E.coli Infections

Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a bacterium commonly found in the gut of humans. Although most strains of the bacteria are harmless, some can cause serious food poisoning.

The common symptoms of an E. coli infection are watery diarrhoea and abdominal cramping. Less common symptoms are:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Muscle aches

Symptoms usually last three weeks and require little to no medical support.

Typhoid fever

Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection caused by the Salmonella typhi bacterium and is a highly infectious disease. Cockroaches accumulate this disease by consuming faeces contaminated with the bacterium at Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland cockroach elimination service in Auckland. Children and the elderly are most at risk due to their immunocompromised states.

The symptoms of typhoid fever include, but are not limited to:

  • High temperature
  • Head and muscle aches
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Exhaustion
  • Stomach Pain

You should seek medical attention if you experience any of the symptoms for typhoid fever. With treatment, this disease will quickly improve within three to five days. If untreated, serious complications can develop.


Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by the Vibrio cholera bacterium. It is most common in developing countries and areas that have inadequate environmental management.

Infection occurs through ingestion of food and drinks contaminated with the bacterium. If exposed to the bacterium, cockroaches can spread the organism through their faeces and vomit, contaminating surfaces and food. Call Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland cockroach elimination service.


Dysentery is a type of gastroenteritis that results in diarrhoea with blood. Generally, most people suffer from mild symptoms and recover within a week or so without medical attention.

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Cockroach faeces, saliva, bodies, and casts contain allergens which can trigger allergic responses in susceptible individuals. Particles of these allergens can become airborne inside a home. People who live in or visit chronically infested dwellings may breathe the dust. Individuals with cockroach allergies may experience sinus congestion, rash, sore throat, and irritation of the eyes. Most allergies are seasonal, and experiencing symptoms year-round may indicate a cockroach infestation. At Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland cockroach elimination service, we can help. Cockroach allergies may aggravate asthma conditions in some asthmatic individuals.

The Effects of Cockroach Control Infestations

Cockroaches are capable of spreading cholera, hepatitis A, parasites, and also, other diseases; using both direct and indirect contact. These bugs crawl beneath appliances, on counters, hide in corners around food and your family: service areas North Shore, East, West, South Auckland City.

Other diseases spread by cockroaches

Other pathogenic bacteria that cockroaches scatter include:

Staphylococcus aureus
Staphylococcus aureus is a gram-positive cocci bacterium. This organism is generally harmless but can cause serious infections.

Like Staphylococcus aureusStreptococcus infections come in many different forms, from mild throat infections to life-threatening diseases of the blood or organs.

Below are a few ways to keep away from cockroach problems

  • Never allow dirty dishes to hang around the sink, and, stay there overnight.
  • Keep food leftovers in the fridge or storage containers with tight-fitting covers.
  • Carpet cleaning, kill fleas. Besides, other sanitise treatments will help.
  • Remove trash from home. Furthermore, vacuum regularly.
  • Regularly check, and clean the pan underneath the freezer or fridge.
  • Seal off cracks around the outside of the home to avoid pest entry points.
  • If you think you have a cockroach problem, contact us, the pest control pros for treatment.

How do cockroaches spread diseases?

Cockroaches can spread diseases through:

  • Droppings
  • Vomit
  • Mechanical transfer from their feet and other body parts

Cockroach Control Treatment

First, residents need to eliminate the pests from home. The fastest and most dependable option is calling a pest control professional.

After an infestation eliminated, the home needs to rid of cockroaches, dead bodies, and faeces through extensive cleaning. Floors and furniture can be swept, linens and other fabrics washed. Kitchen surfaces, shelves, and cabinets wiped down.  Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland service, in West Auckland, North Shore, South Auckland.

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Experienced, Researched and written by Graeme Stephens. An IICRC Master Restoration Technician 2001, with over 32 years of disinfecting cleaning and pest control Auckland services experience.

Last Updated: 21th May 2020

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