Everything You Wanted to Know About Roaches But Were Afraid to Ask

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I suspect it’s an almost universally held opinion that roaches are outright ugly.  Once we progress past the hysteria and fearfulness that exists around the images of these critters, then what?  Are they really these filthy little beasts they’re rumored to be?  After all, don’t some people EAT roaches? (The answer is yes.  Cockroaches are also allergens, prompting asthma attacks in many people.)

 

There are people who claim that cockroaches aren’t dirty.  Roaches aren’t independently dirty in the same way that a toilet bowl isn’t dirty on its own.  It’s all about the conditions, habits, and practices of roaches that have earned them their well-deserved reputations.  They are famous for the acts of picking up, tracking, and depositing all sorts of bacteria and it begins with their dining establishments of choice.

 

Cockroaches aren’t discriminating; they’ll eat just about anything.  They’ll heartily munch away on garbage, leftover scraps of food, grease, glue, paper, soap, books, leather and, yep, even hair.  Water is their lifeblood, so if there’s a source, they’ll be there.  As a nod to their durability, they can survive up to six weeks without food and two weeks without a head!  Since they can gain access into houses, restaurants and anywhere else where there’s food through a crack that’s 1/16th inch wide, they rarely face a starvation scenario. (Of course, if headless, eating is no longer an option!)

 

Since roaches hang in such unsavory environments, they pick up harmful bacteria—most commonly salmonella.  Salmonella infection is the most common foodborne illness according to the CDC and its recorded cases are on the rise.  Roaches have sticky legs that are particularly adept at holding on to this harmful bacteria and tracking it and their own fecal matter into the environments they love the most:  anywhere there is food!

 

Restaurants are havens for cockroach infestations.  They store and prepare large quantities of food, offer multiple opportunities for entry, and ample space for them to scatter and breed.  It’s why so many cases of salmonella food poisoning are sourced from dining out.

 

Monthly pest control services—PFE-Verified restaurants maintain their establishments in this fashion—is the only way to combat the armies of pests that will always be drawn to all that commercial kitchens have to offer.  The PFE-Verified database is such a valuable resource. What better way to be reassured that you are dining with peace of mind in a clean, roach-free, establishment?

 

 

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