Cockroaches and Asthma: Are Your Kids at Risk?

Acworth pest control for childhood asthmaAccording to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, one in five children in the United States is highly sensitive to cockroach allergens, which in turn increases the likelihood and severity of asthma attacks. Dealing with a cockroach infestation is distasteful enough, but knowing that these unwelcome insects could be harmful to your children’s health? That’s reason enough to call Protect All Pest Control right away.

The dangers of cockroach allergens

The saliva, feces, secretions, skin cells, and decomposing bodies of roaches can all prompt an allergic reaction, ranging from tiny red bumps on the skin to full-blown asthma attacks. Other symptoms include a scratchy throat, itching of the skin and nose, and irritated eyes. One clue that someone may have a cockroach allergy is if they experience allergy-like symptoms all year long, not just during “allergy season.” A doctor can check for this allergy with a simple skin prick test.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America,

The amount of roach allergen in house dust or air can be measured. In dwellings where the amount is high, exposure is high and the rate of hospitalization for asthma goes up.

Preventing cockroach contact

If someone in your household is allergic to cockroaches, your first call should be to a pest control company. For every roach you see, it’s likely that many more are hiding in walls, behind furniture, and in closets or cabinets. Cockroaches are one of the most hardy organisms on earth, which makes them hard to exterminate. We have the professional knowledge and experience to effectively treat a cockroach infestation.

Other things you can do to discourage cockroaches from invading your space include:

  • Containing food to the kitchen and dining area only.
  • Keeping garbage covered and emptying it each day.
  • Keeping counters and floors clean of crumbs. That includes vacuuming under the refrigerator and stove. Don’t forget to clean your toaster’s crumb tray regularly as well.

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