Pests looking for warmth in your home could carry harmful bacteria

Hampden County

It’s February and despite some mild weather recently, there is still snow on the ground. It’s during the winter months that pests can get inside your home.

If you’re experiencing a stuffy nose and itchy eyes it may not just be allergies, it could be the presence of cockroaches.

“Ugh, I mean, if I had to deal with them I don’t know how I would,” Oksana Arbuzob said. “I’m glad I don’t.”

Cockroaches are capable of spreading 33 kinds of bacteria, including salmonella and E. coli. The German Cockroach is the most common in our area.

“They like tight areas,” Keith Lacross of Braman Termite and Pest Elimination explained. “They’re going to be underneath your cabinets, your sinks, in the corners where you’re not typically going to see them.”

Lacross says sanitation is key in controlling cockroaches but insecticides and bait traps can work if they’re used properly. But if you do discover an infestation, you may want to call in a professional.

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