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Cockroaches, are the most common insect pests infesting homes, food service establishments and other structures in Kentucky. Cockroaches are replusive and objectionable to most people simply by their presence. They are also capable of mechanically transmitting disease organisms such as the bacteria which cause food poisoning. Recently, cockroaches have been found to be an important source of allergy in people, second only to house dust.

The primary danger sign is a visual sighting of the insect, cockroaches vary in size depending on the species and maturity of the cockroach, nymph’s can often be confused with beetles or other harmless insects. Generally the extended antennae are a big clue and a reason to warrant further investigation. If you become ill with stomach related problems, especially if more than one person suffers the same symptoms, a potential cause could be contamination from cockroaches. Cockroaches are omnivorous by nature and will eat almost any organic matter no matter how rancid. Once inside the home, they will seek out food scraps, unsealed food containers, sugar and grease deposits, pet food, rancid meat, glue and even book bindings. If bronchial or asthmatic symptoms are aggravated by an unknown cause, again this can possibly be attributed to cockroach infestations. If you see black specs in your kitchen cupboards, it is likely cockroach faeces marking their courtship and nearby nesting territory. Cockroaches eat each others faeces, to feed the young "nymphs" and extract all nourishment from an organic food source.

Cockroaches have a rapid breeding cycle if left unchecked a cockroach infestation can rapidly expand its numbers in a few weeks or months to become major risk to health and safety. Cockroaches are potential carriers of serious diseases and germs, which cause disease in humans, e.g. dysentery and gastro-enteritis, salmonella and other stomach complaint organisms. They adulterate food and spread pathogenic organisms with their faeces and defensive secretions. They feed on faecal matter (poo) and rotting waste materials. Contamination occurs when they come into contact with food preparation areas, cutlery, crockery and food. Cockroaches can cause asthmatic reactions and must moult (shed their skin) regularly throughout their life-cycle. The discarded skin becomes airborne and can cause severe asthmatic reactions, particularly to children, the elderly and people with bronchial ailments.
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