The sighting of a cockroach scurrying across your home in Anthem or Southern Highlands is very unsettling. Besides being creepy cockroaches the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns that they also pose significant threats to human health. Cockroach saliva, feces and decomposing body parts can cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma symptoms, and they can also spread 33 kinds of bacteria, including Salmonella and E. coli.


“Cockroaches are notoriously difficult to control, but taking preventative measures is necessary to protect human health,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “Now is the perfect time to conduct a thorough inspection of the home and begin practicing cleaning habits that can prevent a cockroach infestation from taking root.”


There are several things you can do to prevent an infestation. The following are a few tips to keep in mind.


Try to eliminate moisture build up in your rooms that have sinks – kitchen, bathrooms, laundry rooms, garages and basements. Fix leaky faucets and ensure sinks are clear of water before bedtime—cockroaches are nocturnal and will typically emerge to search for water and food at night when the house is dark and quiet.


Use proper sanitation methods. In the kitchen keep counters, sinks, tables and floors meticulously clean every day. Clean dishes, crumbs and spills right away, store food in airtight containers and always avoid leaving food out—including pet food. Vacuum any crumbs stuck in corners and around cabinets and regularly clean cabinets out with soap and water.


In the basement or garage eliminate clutter where possible to reduce hiding spaces for cockroaches. Basement windows and areas where weather-stripping has become worn are frequent points of access for cockroaches, so homeowners should be sure to seal any cracks or crevices that these pests could use to enter the home.


If you have a large infestation of cockroaches it is always best to contact a licensed professional pest control company.


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