Top 3 Ways Cockroaches Are Threatening Your Business

Top 3 Ways Cockroaches Are Threatening Your Business

You may think cockroaches are common enough to be ignored, but the threats they pose can have significant business implications. Cockroaches possess intense survival skills that allow them to live headless for a week*, hold their breath underwater 15 times longer than the average human** and even survive extreme levels of radiation that would finish us in minutes, meaning whatever you might wish, they aren’t going away anytime soon.*** It’s only fitting that the comeback cockroach also comes with some serious risks (to read up on more on protecting yourself from this pest that’s not going anywhere, download our report, Cockroach Chronicles: Your Guide to the World’s Most Resilient Pest.)

If you need to make a case for cockroach control, here are three things to consider about the downsides of this pest’s presence at your business:

Health Concerns — Cockroaches can carry more than 45 pathogens**** like E. coli, Staphylococcus and Salmonella. Capable of spreading these dangerous bacteria from one surface to another, cockroaches can contaminate human food and surfaces— a recipe for disaster.

Dust and grime in many commercial facilities may contain cockroaches’ dead body parts, exoskeletons and droppings. Exposure to these remnants can be an irritant to the 25 million Americans affected by allergies***** and even escalate to asthma in some sensitive individuals.

Reputation — You aren’t the only one who finds cockroaches offensive. Customers who notice these pests scurrying through your business may take to review sites to report it. For regulated environments, cockroach problems can lead to low or failed inspection scores, patient safety concerns and lost points on audits.

Property Contamination — Cockroaches will feed on almost any food source, making the food, supplies and other product at your business vulnerable to cockroach contamination. Not only are they attracted to what’s already inside your business, they may find their way in on delivered packages, supplies and shipments.

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*https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/can-a-cockroach-live-without-its-he/

**http://www.pestworld.org/news-hub/pest-articles/fascinating-cockroach-facts/

***http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/mythbusters-database/cockroaches-survive-nuclear-explosion/

****http://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/cockroaches/american-cockroaches/

*****https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/asthma/index.html