If no food is available, the American cockroach will find something to eat – even if it isn't "food." Cockroaches don't discriminate against unsanitary or harmful items they eat, making them a very dirty insect. They have been found to carry the pathogens that cause tuberculosis, cholera, leprosy, dysentery, and typhoid Disease. They also carry and spread harmful bacteria and protozoa that cause diarrhea and gastroenteritis. American cockroaches' feces and saliva contain proteins and allergens, which may trigger asthma attacks. Roaches can foul food, damage wallpaper, books and clothing, and produce an unpleasant odor. Vacuuming and cleaning affected areas with warm water and soap can help lessen allergic reactions.
Over 4,000 species exist worldwide, with one species or another either creeping around in your basement, flying right at you, dropping on you from trees and ceilings in the dark of night or others scattering in throngs of thousands, when caught invading your kitchen, cockroaches are one of our most terrifying pests.
With Halloween just around the corner, its time for larger-than-life creepy, crawly creatures skittering across lawns, lurking in dark alleyways and dropping out of nowhere to frighten their hapless victims.