Most people cringe at the idea of having cockroaches in their home. Cockroaches get stereotyped quite a bit as being disgusting, filthy, and unclean creatures. Unfortunately, those stereotypes have stood the test of time for a reason. Cockroaches are, indeed, quite sickening.

So, seeing them in your home might be frightening. They aren’t exactly pleasant to look at or listen to. But, you should be more concerned about the health risks they could possibly bring with them.

That’s why it’s so important to contact a pest control professional immediately if you suspect you have cockroaches. Having an inspection and putting in place proper pest treatment if needed is essential to ensure the proper health of your home and family.

Still not convinced? Let’s look at some of the health problems that could arise when you have cockroaches in your home.

Cockroaches Eat Everything

These disgusting pests certainly aren’t picky when it comes to what they’ll eat, including leftover human food particles, feces, and even other dead insects. Unfortunately, that’s only where the problems begin.

Obviously, what cockroaches eat could be problematic, to begin with. Other dead insects could carry diseases, and feces tends to have tons of unhealthy bacteria.

Cockroaches always go back to their nest(s), where they spread those germs with their fellow insects.


It’s not a pretty picture, but once a cockroach gets back to their nest, they will vomit up and defecate whatever they’ve eaten. Then, the other cockroaches will surround them and eat what they have released. The process will continue to repeat until each and every bug is covered top to bottom in filth, bacteria, and disease.

How It Affects You

If those cockroaches just wanted to stay in their nest, it might not be so bad. Unfortunately, after they have completed their filth-spreading rituals, they tend to come out at night in homes. Because they can climb just about anywhere, they can get into cabinets and drawers (where you may store your food), crawl on countertops, bedding and even end up in your bathroom on your toiletries or toothbrushes

As you might expect, cockroaches can carry a variety of different diseases with them, including:

  • E. Coli
  • Dystentery
  • Cholera
  • Salmonella

Unfortunately, the kind of harmful bacteria types cockroaches can carry with them can stay in their gut for months, so even if they aren’t able to spread these germs right away, your home really isn’t safe as long as they are around.

How to Protect Yourself
Keeping a clean home (especially a kitchen) is one of the best ways to prevent cockroaches from coming in. But, even a clean house can sometimes attract these disgusting pests. If you do find that you have a cockroach infestation, it’s important to call a residental pest control expert as soon as possible.

Even if you only see one cockroach in your home, it is likely that there is a nest somewhere close by. It’s never a good idea to take a chance with cockroaches. If you do, you or someone in your family could end up very sick, very quickly. If you’re in the Brisbane area and you’re worried you may have a cockroach problem, contact Brisbane Termite & Pest Control here and book your Pest Treatment today.