Cockroaches and Allergies


According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, anywhere from 23 to 60 percent of people with asthma are sensitive to cockroach allergens. Their saliva, skin particles, and droppings can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks to those who are sensitive to them. Being informed of these dangers can help you avoid the dangers of cockroaches.

Who’s to Blame?
There are many species of cockroach, four of which are commonly found in homes across America. Of these four, the German cockroach is the one to blame for most of the asthma and allergy symptoms. It may take a few months for your body to notice these allergens if there are a small number of them in your home. If an infestation occurs rapidly then you may show symptoms within just a few days. Basic symptoms include itchy eyes, scratchy throat, wheezing, etc.

Grand Entrance
The German cockroach will usually enter your home via boxes that you bring into your home. Factories are common breeding grounds for these pests and a single box delivered to your home can start the infestation. Other species of cockroach can enter your home from the sewers or through cracks in the foundation.

Cockroach Management
Preventing cockroaches from entering your home can only be done by the basic measure of household cleaning. Never leave crumbs out, make sure the trash is secured in its bin, check all boxes before bringing them into your home, etc. Your best bet to eradicate an already established infestation is to call your local pest control professionals.

Cockroaches can seriously affect anyone who is allergic to them as well as those who are diagnosed with asthma. As soon as a single cockroach is spotted in your home, it is best to call the professionals at Knockout Pest Control. If you own a business then you should contact us before one rears its ugly head. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (800) 244-7378.

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