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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Keep Roaches Out of Your Kitchen With These Tips

roach control in Woodstock GAOf all the pests that can invade your kitchen, roaches tend to cause the most revulsion, and for good reason! Roaches carry viruses, fungi, and bacteria, including Salmonella, Streptococcus, and Staphylococcus.  Fortunately Protect All Pest Control can help you eliminate roaches from your home with our integrated pest management techniques.

Even with treatment, it’s important to take some precautions to ensure that roaches don’t return. These tips can help you keep your kitchen roach-free.

  • Roaches are attracted to water, so don’t leave containers of standing water in the kitchen and check under your sink for leaks.
  • Make sure all food is stored in airtight containers made from plastic, ceramic, metal, or glass.
  • Rinse dishes thoroughly so food residue won’t attract roaches
  • It’s easy to let crumbs build up in certain spots of the kitchen, like the crack between the stove and the counter. Unfortunately those forgotten crumbs are a feast for roaches, so it’s important to vacuum those areas regularly.
  • Keep the top of your refrigerator clean. The warmth is attractive to roaches, so you definitely don’t want to add food to the mix.
  • Sweep and vacuum regularly to combat crumbs.
  • Use a trash can with a lid and empty it often.

If you’re experiencing a roach infestation in Woodstock, Kennesaw, or Acworth, don’t wait until it gets worse- call us today at 770-212-9990 for pest control pricing.

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Roaches ARE Dirty – and Other Facts

exterminators near meRoaches have survived on the earth for more than 300 million years virtually without change. They are survivors, and will likely be with us for a few more million years. That does not mean we should accept their presence and allow them free reign in our homes and other buildings.  The team at Protect All Pest Control are experts in eliminating roaches from your home or commercial facility.

Roaches eat (and excrete on) paper products, boxes, and food. Because they spread filth by contaminating our food and environment with a variety of pathogens, living with roaches can be detrimental to human health. Up to 50% of asthmatics, as well as many others, develop allergic sensitivities to the presence of roaches. Roaches are carriers of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. In addition to spreading Salmonella, which causes food poisoning, they also carry Streptococcus and Staphylococcus bacteria. Roaches have also been implicated in the spread of hepatitis.

They are especially attracted to wet areas and will be found in abundance near leaking faucets or pipes, wet sponges, persistently damp corners, areas where there is frequently standing water, or areas where continual moisture is usually available, such as drains, kitchens, bathrooms, and maintenance rooms with sink traps. Water pipes frequently serve as migration routes from room to room. Roaches also seek out tight, dark places to hide. They are very averse to light and are most active at night and in places where light does not penetrate. They are fond of tight crevices and cracks where they can hide while touching multiple surfaces. Clutter along walls also makes for an adequate hiding place.

Unfortunately it doesn’t take much to keep roaches fed. They are able to survive on a wide variety of foods, such as fruit, bread, sweets, grease, vegetables, cereal, pet food, garbage, tobacco, paper, books, or glue. Anything which humans will eat, roaches will too. One of the reasons that they are so hard to get rid of is their ability to find food almost anywhere. Another reason is that they can survive long periods between meals. The American cockroach can survive 3-6 weeks without taking in any food or water.

Roaches are better at hiding than you are at finding them that is why so many people end up calling a professional pest control company like Protect All Pest Control after do it yourself treatments fail. We know how roaches think and have the special equipment, materials and know how to keep your home or other building free from these annoying and dangerous pests.

Call us at 770-728-8520 or use the online contact form on our website to schedule your consultation to find out how we can bring your roach problems under control and make your environment a healthier place.

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