FAQ: Are cockroaches harmful to your pets

Cats, dogs and other common household pets are referred to as an owner’s ‘children’ almost as often as they are referred to as ‘animals’. Since these precious pets are such an important part of many families, it is vital that pet parents focus on keeping them safe and sound, just as they do with their own kids. The last thing you want to worry about is whether your cockroach infestation is taking a toll on poor Fluffy or Scout. Here’s what you need to know about cockroaches, your household pets and how these two animal kingdoms might be affecting each other.

How do roaches pose a threat to cats and dogs?

The good news is that, for the majority of the time, cockroaches will tend to make themselves scarce when they catch sight of a dog or cat. Since roaches view animals larger than themselves as potential predators, they will usually run for the protection of a small space if they encounter one of your pets.

However, in some extreme circumstances, roaches have been known to feed on the outer skin of cats, dogs and other pets. They usually will not do this unless they are very hungry and can find no other sources of food. If they do decide to bother your household pet, your animal may itch and scratch itself from the discomfort of the roach bites. Though this scenario doesn’t happen too often, dogs and cats have been known to suffer from the occasional roach infestation and can potentially get infected bites as a result.

One other way that cockroaches can mess with the happy lives of your pets is by contaminating their food and water bowls, particularly if the roaches are sharing your pets’ meals with them. This can lead to bacteria and even the spread of viral diseases.

How can I prevent roaches from harming my pets?

When roaches are a problem, or even just as a smart method of preventative care, you will want to make sure that your home is roach free for your sake as well as for the sake of your animals. Combat® stations, strips and gels are user-friendly, quick and an effective way to make sure that you eliminate cockroaches from your household. As with any insecticide product ensuring they are placed out of reach of pets is a must so products don’t become a danger to your pets. These pest control solutions kill slowly and at the source so that roaches can no longer feast on your pets’ skin or invade their food or water. Your pets will certainly thank you for this investment in their health.