It is that time of the year when pest control becomes increasingly important. Insects and vermin seek out the warm humidity of our homes, bringing along with them a variety of problems, ranging from damaging our belongings, to polluting air quality and spreading disease. Thankfully, much can be done to ensure that our homes, accommodation establishments, restaurants and food processing plants are sanitary, as unsanitary conditions provide the ideal habitat for pests in search of water, food and nesting sites, according to a recent article in the Food Magazine.
A recent study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology has reconfirmed that close contact with cockroaches can significantly increase the risk of disease. This time, researchers from the University of California have established that allergens from cockroaches may have certain biochemical and physical properties that target the optic nerve, enhancing the development of glaucoma.
In the study, sufferers of glaucoma exhibited significantly higher levels of a specific type of allergic antibody called immunoglobulin E (lgE), produced by the body in response to cockroach and cat allergens.
Data was collected from 1,678 participants, aged between 50 and 60 years, who were previously tested for allergies caused by dust mites, rodents, cockroaches, cats, and dogs. While 5.1 percent of the people analyzed were diagnosed with glaucoma, 14.3 percent showed significantly elevated levels of lgE to cats and 19.1 percent to cockroaches. Researchers believe that their findings may reinforce the possibility that the immune system plays an important role in the development of glaucoma.
In the food processing world, safety is always a hot topic, and facility managers have a very long list of state and federal regulations they must comply with. Unfortunately, despite the numerous health dangers posed by the presence of cockroaches, flies, and rodents inside food processing plants, pest management is seldom viewed as a top organizational priority.
In fact, the subject of sanitation and pest management is not even completely understood yet by food processors, and myths continue to plague the industryClick To Tweet. Poorly maintained facilities and equipment can and will harbor disease-causing pathogens, whose infiltration inside the food processing environment increases the likelihood of food contamination and the spread of foodborne illnesses. Such pest management failures are not only extremely damaging to individual processors and the industry as a whole, but also a surefire way to demolish a company’s reputation among customers.
By dispelling some of the following myths regarding the presence of German cockroaches in food plants, we hope to help food processors understand what pest management entails in order to avoid regulatory actions, as well as bad publicity and financial losses.
The warm season is finally here, and homeowners across the country are in a hurry to store away the fur-lined coats and welcome warming temperatures, humming birds, and budding trees. But as nature awakens from its long winter hibernation, prompting us to make room in our hearts for sunshine, the rest of God’s creatures are doing the same – including the crop-ravaging, property-damaging, mood-ruining household pests.
If you were positive that there would be no way for spring pests to survive the deep freeze of winter, you have another thing coming. Although ants, termites, bed bugs, ticks, and other creepy critters do have their “breaking point,” cold temperature (or even sub-freezing weather) is definitely not one of them.
Over time, insects have developed several strategies for surviving the cold: some have antifreeze-producing capabilities while others burrow into warmer, highly-insulated areas, such as logs or the ground. Fire ants, for instance, which have invaded many regions in the U.S.
Cockroaches are one of the most persistent and dangerous pests that invade our homes. Alt-hough they are prevalent year-round, they become much more active when temperatures ex-ceed 70 degrees F. With summer on its way and temperatures on the rise, cockroaches will soon be a major problem for homeowners across the country.
Aside from being creepy and repulsive, cockroaches also pose serious health risks to humans. In order to help you understand the importance of keeping a cockroach-free home, following are some of the most common diseases and health risks these pests pose to humans, along with some simple tips you can use to keep your family safe and home bug-free.
Asthma is a serious and sometimes fatal respiratory illness that affects millions of people throughout Canada. Although there are many factors that can trigger an attack, certain insects such as cockroaches can heighten this risk. This is because the excrement and debris from de-composing cockroaches is light enough to be lifted into the air and then breathed onto the bron-chial tubes.