Cockroaches are often referred to as invincible. Their hard shells and ability to flatten their bodies make them nearly unsquishable. As a general rule, cockroaches are drawn into a home or place of business by the smell of food or water. Therefore, it is more likely to experience a cockroach infestation if you do not store your food in secure containers, or if you have any leaky pipes of stagnant water in your home. Cockroaches are drawn, especially, to starchy foods, such as potatoes. They will also enjoy chewing on the occasional book.
Although the damage caused by cockroaches pales in comparison to that caused by other insects, such as termites, it can still be quite a nuisance. They can chew holes into books and through cereal boxes. They can leave behind droppings and secretions which will stain carpets and floors.
The biggest dangers one will encounter with cockroaches are the health risks associated with them. Firstly, cockroaches have been known to cause allergic reactions. Most of these reactions, such as sneezing and wheezing, are based in the respiratory system. Cockroach infestations have also been linked to more severe allergic reactions in asthmatics and children.
A second important health hazard when dealing with cockroaches is disease. Cockroaches are very well known for spreading bacteria and viruses through their droppings and secretions. People often do not notice their droppings, because they are as small as coffee grounds. This, unfortunately, leads people to eat the droppings, unknowingly. This can cause significant gastrointestinal illness. Droppings and secretions can get into your food, onto your utensils, your dishes, and your countertops as cockroaches roam your kitchen at night looking for food.
If you found the information above to be disturbing, you are not the only one. No one likes the idea of sharing their kitchen, food, dishes, and home or place of work with a family of cockroaches. No one likes the idea of having a cockroach fall on their head in the middle of the night. No one likes the idea of unknowingly eating cockroach droppings.