I know that roaches carry salmonella bacteria and cause asthma, but what kind of physical damage can they do to a home? For example, I have some beuatiful antique tables and a Queen Anne schoolmaster’s desk which have completely infested these items. (our condo allowed a broken pipe to remain unrepaired for six months thus creating an open invitation to roaches. They have been in our building for 3 years, and the condo association refuses to address it even though it is their responsibility.)
Anyway, I have been duly appointed to discuss this issue with the association. I would like some facts regarding damage from cockroaches to the interior walls. If roaches are damaging my furniture, they have to be hurting the wooden frame of our building.
These roaches have also chewed through wires in my circuit breaker box and thermostat, twice causing small fires. Help!!!
Roaches are able to cause damage most anywhere they reside. Unlike boring pests such as carpenter ants or carpenter bees, roaches are not able to bore through wood nor do they typically depreciate the common materials used for the construction of homes or condo’s. But since roach populations can explode when left untreated combined with the fact they’ll attempt to eat most anything that contains nutritional value, unmonitored roach populations can impact furniture, cosmetic finishing such as wall paper, clothing, storage boxes and most any non food item made with natural materials.
Cotton, linen and other fabric are common targets as is wall paper, wall paper glue and rugs. Paper is made from cellulose and roaches have been found to feed on cardboard, the glue used to hold cardboard together, and most anything made of paper. Rugs are mostly comprised of nylon and other man made fibers but factories will readily use old natural ingredients which can be preyed upon by many pests including roaches. And remember that in this day and age, many things are recycled. Recycling will many times cause the mixing of food items (natural ingredients) with non food items and the end result is a great source of nutrients for a wide range of insects including roaches.
You mentioned your circuit breaker was once damaged by roaches; electric wiring will typically contain insulation used to help keep wires free and clear of one another. One of the most common insulates used in wiring is paper or cellulose. Exposed ends of wires can and will become targets for starving roaches once these insulates are out in the open. This condition exists in wall sockets, light fixtures and circuit breaker boxes. Their act of feeding on the insulation can most certainly lead to electrical issues so what you mentioned is entirely possible. And this scenario can be played out internally for most any electric appliance including washing machines, microwaves, refrigerators, etc. No doubt the indirect damage caused by roach infestations leads to an early demise for many common household appliances.
Last but not least, roaches love humans. That’s right, human skin and hair is a common food roaches will readily eat. It only takes a strand of hair to feed a roach and there are many documented cases of roach populations exploding to such levels that they were feeding on the occupants of the house in order to sustain their populations. This will commonly happen at night, when everyone is sleeping, and the initial target will be your eyebrows or other exposed hair. Toe and finger nails are also a good source of protein as is the skin you shed when sleeping. If you’re finding roaches in your bedroom and you can’t figure out what they’re eating, remember it doesn’t take normal food to keep a roach satisfied!
In summary, living side by side with any insect or animal is generally not a good idea. Roaches not only carry bacteria and virus, they transmit it to everything they touch. Who wants to eat food preyed upon by a roach which very well could have crawled out of a drain line where human feces is readily flowing? Such is the scenario played out all over when roaches, rats, mice, ants and other pests are allowed to coexist with people. Clearly the removal and control of insects and animals inside homes and other living spaces is what has propelled man kind above and beyond the unnecessary exposure to common disease and parasites so we don’t have to endure the never ending cycle such exposures cause. Though there is some logic to a controlled exposure (such as flu vaccination), there is no way getting such exposures from an insect or nuisance pest should ever be perceived as “beneficial”. At the very least it’s unsanitary and ridiculous in this day and age; in it’s extreme it could be life threatening and therefore irresponsible to allow yourself or any family member to be exposed to this vermin.
The good news is we have many safe and easy to deploy products that can rapidly eliminate most any roach infestation. If you read through our GERMAN ROACH CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll see we have a wide range of baits and sprays which are what the pest control industry considers to be the best for this persistent and stubborn pest. If it’s not in the budget of the property owner or the tenant to hire a service company, then get some of the products we have listed and apply them yourself. The use of ROACH GEL BAIT is both easy and effective requiring little effort or preparation. Roaches will readily feed which leads to their demise and in most cases, problems can be solved in just a few weeks.
Here are direct links to the article and products listed above:
German Roach Control Article: http://www.germanroaches.com/roach-control
Roach Gel Bait: http://www.bugspray.com/item/magnum-roach-gel.html