If you loath roaches, then you probably also would not want anything to do with their poop. Roaches are loathsome on so many levels. Not only are they ugly and creepy but their poop also carries diseases.
Where do Roaches like to live?
Roaches can live in so many environments provided those environments are moist and have plenty of food. Such places include garbage damps that are outdoors or generally in areas that are ridden with dirt.
These creatures are omnivorous and are known to feed on dead bits of skin as well as cooked veggies, fruit and cereals. Essentially, roaches eat almost everything that humans eat.
Just because roaches are commonly found in dirty areas, it should not be misconceived that they cannot show up in clean environments as well.
Roaches can also find their way to the cleanest and highly sanitized homes. They can do this by migrating from the neighboring apartment. They can find their way to your home through wrappers and boxes from a supermarket or any other retail outlet.
So do not be surprised to see a roach in your home despite maintaining high levels of hygiene. Once in your house home they will commonly hide under the sink under stoves, refrigerators, and behind cupboards as they begin to breed.
How do you know you have roaches in the home?
Roaches are nocturnal creatures that like to scavenge only in the dead of the night when everyone else is asleep. So you are likely not to spot them even though they are there.
However they will tend to live a trail of feces on some of their favorite spots and high traffic areas. These includes, inside cabinets that are not frequently accessed. If you notice this, you should be quick to cut off access to any food and water sources that are nearby.
Roaches poop looks like spilled pepper or may appear as coffee grinds depending on the type of cockroach. Spotting roach feces in your home is an unmistakable indication that you have roaches in the house.
Are Roach feces dangerous?
Most pathogens consumed by roaches their food will multiply in their digestive system. That is particularly why roach feces can contaminate food and drinking water.
A significant amount of roach feces in the house can result in a distinct musty smell. The feces once dried up can end up as dust containing cockroach feces or roach body parts. Inhaling such dust can result in an allergic reaction as well as asthma, especially in children.
A roache’s body, particularly its serrated legs are capable of picking up salmonella in filthy places such garbage damps and sewers and depositing it in food. This is the pathogen that causes typhoid.
A vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter can be used to remove roach droppings once spotted. One should be careful to dispose the vacuumed feces properly with sanitation in mind. Then use warm soapy water to scrub off any visible markings or remnants of the feces on the boards.
Clearing the odor of roach feces can be a challenge. That is because they may have pooped behind boards and in wall cavities where you do not have access to for vacuuming or cleaning. If you have a roach feces problem, the best cause of action is to call a licensed pest officer to eradicate the Roaches which are the root cause of the feces problem.