You blindly walk towards the kitchen to make the morning coffee, flip on the light and find cockroaches scurrying across your counter into hiding! This is not a fun start to the day. Finding a pest infestation in your home can cause a lot of anxiety and stress, but there are also health risks associated with some of the common pests such as cockroaches and rodents. We often give them a bad reputation just for being a nuisance, but it is helpful to be aware of some of the possible health concerns associated with pests in your Lincoln, Omaha, and East Moline home. Cockroaches are commonly found in a home’s kitchen or bathroom because these home invaders are looking for food and water sources. These pests mainly come out at night, which is why a turned on light in the morning will cause them to run back into hiding. Cockroaches do carry bacteria and viruses on their bodies and in their feces. They are also known for causing allergies and asthma, especially in children. To steer clear of any cockroach ailments, keeping your kitchen clean of any crumbs or spills will help prevent cockroaches from surprising you in the morning. Rodents such as mice and rats can both transmit pathogens and bacteria through contact as well as their feces and urine. Mice are a known transmitter of the Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome which is a potentially dangerous respiratory disease usually with flu like symptoms. You want to always be on the lookout for signs of rodents in your home, such as their droppings or any chew marks. Because there is a large risk of contamination through mice and rats, it is recommended to take all the steps necessary to avoid an infestation of these pests for your health’s sake. Refer to our previous blog on mice prevention tips to help you stay healthy and clear of rodents. Although not all pests pose health risks, you do not want to deal with the headache of an infestation of any kind. To avoid contracting any health problems from a pest infestation in your home, contact Plunkett’s Pest Control to set up your routine pest control service in Minneapolis or elsewhere in our service areas. By staying ahead of the game you will have the peace of mind that you and your family are protected from any pest invaders.