Are Cockroaches Dangerous To Humans?

Are cockroaches dangerous to humans? Most of the time cockroaches pose no threat to humans. While these insects are disgusting, they are not dangerous. That being said, there are certain times when these pests may be deadly to humans.

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Disease alert: keep safe

Are cockroaches dangerous to humans? In general no, but there are two ways in which they can be a danger. The first is when cockroaches spread disease. Cockroaches are some of the filthiest insects you’ll ever encounter. They are capable of spreading a multitude of diseases and can do this in food premises too. These include things like salmonella, typhoid fever, cholera, dysentery and gastroenteritis.  

These diseases can make you seriously ill. These conditions are most often spread through food poisoning. Because cockroaches contaminate food by eating it and crawling around surfaces on which food is placed, disease can be spread to humans.

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Allergy alert: be aware

Are cockroaches dangerous to humans? Yes, another little known way in which they can harm you is by triggering allergies. Many people are actually allergic to cockroaches without even knowing it. Allergens in the saliva, droppings, skin, and egg casings of cockroaches. are what trigger the symptoms People who are allergic to these may experience the following symptoms. Frequent sneezing, a runny nose, itchy, watery, or red eyes, stuffy nose, and postnasal drip.

You may also have inexplicable skin rashes and an itchy nose, mouth, or throat. In many cases you may have difficulty breathing or experience a full blown asthma attack. If you are experiencing any of these symptom without explanation, it could mean you have a cockroach infestation.

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What steps can be taken? 

Aside from this, the answer to the question, “are cockroaches dangerous to humans” is no. Cockroaches are not dangerous like wasps, rodents, or bed bugs. They don’t sting or bite you. And there are zero recorded instances of cockroaches attacking people. In fact, these insects shun human contact at all costs. As we’ve said, the only way they can harm you is through food poisoning or by triggering allergies, so food safety is essential.


What this ultimately means is that, although cockroaches are mostly harmless, you should still prevent them from infesting your home. The easiest way to do this is by keeping your home spotlessly clean. Cockroaches are primarily attracted to food and to dark, moist places  where they can live undisturbed. This means that all food should be kept in sealed containers inside cupboards. Also make sure to clean your floors and counters as often as possible. Finally, never leave dirty dishes in the sink because this can also attract cockroaches.

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