Can Cockroaches Kill You | List of Diseases They Spread

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Cockroaches are truly disgusting. For many homeowners, seeing a cockroach scuttle by creates a sense of panic. This is because cockroaches have a reputation of being dangerous, destructive, and hard to kill. But how dangerous are they?

Can Roaches kill you?

In the rare cases, cockroaches bite human beings, but they won’t kill you, but they can be dangerous due to the various diseases that they can spread. A study from the University of Cambridge concluded that there were 30 different types of bacteria in areas that had humans and cockroaches living together. Upon dissection of a cockroach, it was found that bacteria lived in the cockroach’s gut.

Cockroaches are known to be unsanitary, due to what they eat, where they live, and their general everyday habits. They live on a diet of garbage, breed in sewage rich places, and leave droppings all over your home, so it’s no wonder that they carry around diseases.

Diseases can also be spread through the cockroach shit. So, make sure, when you see any roach poo, you clean it using a proper method.

What diseases do they spread?

Cockroaches have the potential to spread the following diseases.

  • Dysentery-  an infection within the intestines that can result in diarrhea with blood and mucus in it.
  • Cholera- an infection of the small intestine that can have no symptoms to severe symptoms that include diarrhea, vomiting, and muscle cramps.
  • Typhoid (Typhoid Fever)- a bacterial infection that comes with symptoms such as high fever, abdominal pain, muscle weakness, headache, constipation, and rashes.
  • Leprosy- an infection that can lay dormant for years and often comes with the loss of the ability to feel pain and poor eyesight.
  • Pneumonia- a lung infection that causes the air sacs in the lungs to fill with pus. Symptoms include trouble breathing, coughing, and wheezing.
  • Polio- an infectious disease that causes muscle weakness mostly targeting the legs but can affect the head, neck, and diaphragm. May include fever, a sore throat, headaches, and neck stiffness.
  • Septicemia- an infection of the bloodstream that can be fatal when left untreated.

Has anyone died from an infection spread by cockroaches?

In today’s day and age, dying from an infection brought on by a cockroach is highly unlikely if you live in a first world country. For those who live in third world countries and lack proper medical care, dying from the infections that cockroaches can spread is a possibility.

In 2012, however, a man in Florida died after participating in a cockroach eating competition.

How can I prevent the disease from cockroaches?

The easiest way to prevent getting sick from cockroaches is to avoid cockroaches altogether. If you see one inside of your home, try to figure out where the cockroach is hiding- chances are that there will be more in that area.

Get a DIY cockroach fumigation kit or call a professional to fumigate your home. If the infestation is large, calling a professional to do the job is usually the best option.

Follow the instructions on your DIY kit or the directions that the professional gives you. The instructions are important in relation to the cockroach problem and you and your family’s health following the use of the fumigation chemicals.

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