Cockroach Control for Health Hazards

Cockroach-borne Health Hazards

Cockroach control is the key since cockroaches mean filth. Of course, their feeding and nesting habits mean they can gather various pathogens.  Of course, the health dangers usually don’t factor in the disgust when we come across them.

For businesses, this can affect both customer and staff health. Besides, it could result in a breach of food safety laws. In fact, including costs for cleaning and losing stocks. Steam ‘n’ Dry Auckland guaranteed cockroach control. Call us on 0800 783-266, or send us an email.

The Hazards of Cockroaches

Auckland Pest Control warns that cockroaches can bring about adverse reactions. Like blood pressure and asthma attacks. It also goes along with other serious health risks.

The dead roach bodies, droppings, and saliva have proteins known to cause allergies. Indeed most of all, it worsens asthma. Cockroaches opt for warm, damp areas with food sources. Therefore, removing those sites can help prevent roach infestations.

Cockroach Control and Asthma

Cockroach allergy was discovered in 1944 when patients developed a rash after roach skin contact. Indeed, cockroaches can trigger asthma because their body proteins are allergens.

Unlike those with asthma, others can also develop the condition. Almost 70,000 people in Auckland have asthma, and these pests are a massive cause of respiratory disease. Children are vulnerable to allergens, which puts them at higher risk of developing asthma. Also, people living in inner-city areas are at increased risk. It is, however, unclear whether cockroaches are the cause. Still, it is the reason for higher asthma rates in cities since they are more prevalent in urban areas. When particles spread by the air, Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland can help. Consequently, removing these proteins inhaled that results in an asthma attack.

Other Diseases for Cockroach Control


Like rodents, cockroaches also transmit the Salmonella bacterium in salmonellosis. It is a disease in humans with symptoms similar to food poisoning.

Cockroaches harbour the bacteria by feeding on contaminated food materials.

E. coli Infections

Escherichia coli is a commonly found bacterium in the human gut. Although most strains are harmless, some can cause severe food poisoning.

The common symptoms of an E. coli infection are watery diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. Similarly, uncommon ones include fever, chills, nausea, and muscle aches.

Indeed, symptoms usually last three weeks and need little to no medical support.

Typhoid Fever

Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection caused by Salmonella typhi and is a highly infectious disease. Cockroaches gather this disease by faeces with the bacterium. Indeed, children and the elderly are at the most risk.

The symptoms of typhoid fever include, but are not limited to, fever, head and muscle aches. To add, including constipation, diarrhoea, fatigue and stomach pain.

You should seek medical attention if you have any of the symptoms. With treatment, this disease will quickly improve within three to five days. But if left untreated, serious complications can occur.


Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection. It is frequent in developing countries with inadequate sanitation.

Infection occurs by ingestion of food with the bacterium. If exposed to the bacterium, cockroaches can spread it through their faeces and vomit as contaminants.


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


Cockroach faeces, saliva, bodies, and casts can trigger allergic responses. Of course, these allergens can become airborne indoors. People who live in or visit infested dwellings may breathe the dust. People with these allergies may experience sinus congestion, rash, sore throat, and eye irritation. Most allergies are seasonal, and having symptoms for long may indicate a heavy infestation. Without a doubt, cockroach allergies may worsen asthma conditions in some people.

The Effects of Cockroach Infestations

Cockroaches can spread these diseases by direct and indirect contact. These bugs crawl beneath appliances, on counters, and in corners around the area.

Other pathogenic bacteria they harbour include:

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

Like S. aureusStreptococcus infections come in various forms, from mild throat infections to life-threatening diseases.

Below are a few ways to keep away from cockroach problems:

  • Never allow dirty dishes to hang around the sink overnight.
  • Keep food leftovers in the fridge or storage containers with tight lids.
  • Do carpet cleaning. Besides, other treatments help.
  • Remove trash from home. Also, vacuum regularly.
  • Regularly check, and clean the pan underneath the fridge.
  • Furthermore, seal off cracks around the house to avoid pest entry points.

If you have such a problem, contact Auckland Steam ‘n’ Dry, the pest control pros, for treatment.

How do cockroaches spread diseases?

Cockroaches can spread diseases by droppings and vomit. As well as mechanical transfer from their feet and other body parts. That indeed makes the spread of disease easy.

Cockroach Control Treatment

First, residents need to remove the pests. The fastest and most dependable option is calling a pest control expert.

After elimination, the home needs to get rid of the residues through extensive cleaning. Indeed, you can sweep the floors and furniture, wash linens and other fabrics. At the same time, have the kitchen surfaces, shelves, and cabinets wiped down.

Disinfecting Pest Control Servicescockroach control

  • Firstly, Flea Control
  • Disinfecting Clean
  • Bed Bug Control
  • Dust Mite Control
  • Also, Pest Control
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Mould Cleaning
  • Carpet Beetle Control
  • Pet Odour Removal
  • Also, Couch Sanitising
  • Carpet Stain Removal
  • Mattress Sanitising
  • Flooded Wet Carpet Drying
  • Car Upholstery Disinfection
  • Lastly, Rug Cleaning

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Experienced, researched and written by Graeme Stephens. An IICRC Master Restoration Technician in 2001. With over 34 years of cleaning and pest control Auckland experience.

Published: 3/11/2014 Updated: 26/02/2021