A home outside the Houston area was recently found to be crawling with cockroaches and other pests.
Officials found the home in "filthy" condition, local news outlet NBC-2 reported. Investigators needed to wear masks to enter the infested property. A child was found in the home, covered in roaches, flea bites and tick bites. Several animals were also discovered with insects crawling on them. The child has since been taken into protective custody and the animals have been removed from the property.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the mostly nocturnal roaches typically prefer living in warm environments, like Texas, as most types of cockroaches originated in tropical areas.
It may be very difficult to rid the property of the insects. According to the CDC, ridding a home of roaches can be an extremely tough task for homeowners. This is part of what makes roach prevention so important.
Homeowners should ensure that there are no cracks from which cockroaches can enter the home, even though it is also possible for them to enter a house by hiding in boxes or grocery bags. While checking for possible roach entry points, residents should also make sure there are no leaking pipes from which the pests can access water. The scavenging roaches will often find nourishment on food that has been left out, or even unwashed dishes. Keeping a house clean and sanitized will also assist in insect prevention, as if the roaches will have no access to food, water or shelter, they cannot survive for long.
Aside from the cleanliness worries that may arise when a cockroach invasion is discovered in a home, medical issues can also pop up. The CDC reports that the pests are a known allergen source and can increase asthma attacks in those living with the bugs. They also have the potential to carry several dangerous viruses and bacteria, including Salmonella typhimurium, Entamoeba histolytica and the poliomyelitis virus.
Enlisting the help of pest control professionals is the easiest, fastest and least stressful way to eliminate cockroaches in a home. Exterminators can inspect a home with a roach infestation and recommend the best form of treatment based on the severity of the insect problem.