Did you know that cockroaches can trigger allergy and asthma attacks?
May is National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month. According to the National Pest Management Association, cockroaches can be a direct trigger of allergies and asthma attacks. Some roach related allergy symptoms to look out for are stuffy nose, watery eyes, a tickle in the throat, wheezing, congestion, rashes, clogged ears and clogged sinuses. Cockroaches decomposing bodies, saliva and droppings contain proteins that can increase the severity of asthma symptoms, especially in children. German roaches are the most common roaches found in homes and apartments and are also the number one cause of upper respiratory disease among infants. They can be easily transported in grocery bags, food packages and even handbags and can also live up to a month without food as long as water is present, which is why they can normally be found in kitchens and bathrooms. In addition to triggering allergies and asthma, cockroaches are known to spread 33 different kinds of bacteria, six parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. As cockroaches crawl through decaying matter or sewage, they turn into disease-carrying pests by picking up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies. These germs can then be transferred to humans on hard surfaces and through food contamination.
In addition to hiring a pest control professional, here are some further steps you can take to prevent a roach infestation in your home:
- Seal cracks around the outside of the home to prevent pest entryways.
- Vacuum frequently and dispose of garbage regularly.
- Keep counters and floors clean and free of crumbs that attract pests. Pay extra attention to kitchens and bathrooms — especially under appliances and sinks — as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations due to the presence of food products and moisture in plumbing fixtures.
- If you suspect you have an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment.
To find out more about cockroach related asthma and allergy symptoms please visit http://www.npmapestworld.org/news/releases/pr051810.cfm.
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