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How can having roaches in my house be dangerous?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
People often bring roaches into homes on paper bags or cardboard boxes, since these insects are fond of starchy materials, paper, and glue.

Roaches carry bacteria like E.coli and salmonella that can contaminate food, cooking equipment, and food surfaces. Roach allergens can increase the severity of asthma.

The best defense against roaches is to caulk and fill cracks and crevices with copper mesh; avoid steel wool because it rusts. Roach-specific bait traps and boric acid, which are safe for the environment, exterminate effectively.

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