Cockroaches Trigger Asthma

The link between cockroaches and asthma has one again been reinforced by a new study by the NIEHS and the NIAID.

cockroachesIn recent years, several large-scale studies funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have reinforced the dangerous connection between cockroaches and asthma in children.

One in five children in the United Kingdom have severe sensitivities to cockroach allergens, which can cause or increase the severity of asthma symptoms.

These allergens are most commonly introduced into homes through cockroach saliva, droppings and the decomposing bodies of these pests.

The presence of cockroaches in the home poses a severe risk to health, especially as an asthma trigger in children. Homeowners should feel confident in contacting a licensed pest professional as services regarding cockroach control have shown to be most effective in reducing cockroach populations.

The professional treatment of cockroach infestations will ultimately reduce the number of allergens that can exacerbate a child’s asthma. Homeowners must be vigilant in preventing such infestations, especially as the summer approaches. Cockroaches are most active when temperatures reach 70 °F or above and these pests thrive in warm, dark and moist places.

Attack Pest Control offers householders these tips to protect their families and properties from cockroach infestations:

  1. Keep food sealed and stored properly, particularly in kitchens.
  2. Clean kitchens daily, where crumbs and rubbish are more likely to build up.
  3. Dispose of garbage regularly and store in sealed containers.
  4. Seal cracks and holes in homes, including entry points for utilities and pipes.
  5. Keep basements and loft spaces well ventilated and dry.
  6. Contact a qualified pest professional to treat any infestations.

For further information on cockroach control methods or to have an Attack Pest Control technician inspect your home, do not hesitate to contact us.