If you talk to most people, they are well aware of the health risks that are involved with cockroaches. These pests get their unfortunate filthy reputation for being a pest that enjoys and even thrives living in the worst conditions imaginable. However, what many people don’t know about cockroaches is that they can trigger allergies and asthma flare ups. Effective Pest Services is here to talk a bit about cockroach allergies and what causes them.
How Common is a Cockroach Allergy?
Before you dismiss the thought of this pest causing allergies, it is important that you understand how all of it happens. Cockroaches produce certain proteins that many people struggle with and are allergic to. These proteins are usually found in the cockroach’s feces, saliva and the body parts, themselves. Cockroach allergies are most common in cities. It is estimated that between 78% and 98% of homes in urban areas have cockroaches and up to 60% of people with asthma who live in cities are allergic to cockroaches. Fortunately, most people aren’t going to have a problem with cockroach allergies due to one or two cockroaches. However, as cockroaches start to gain in numbers, the trails they leave behind grow as well, which ends up causing problems like asthma attacks for some people.
Symptoms of Cockroach Allergies
For many people, cockroach allergies look a lot like other allergy symptoms brought on by seasonal allergies. Many people struggle with runny nose, watery eyes, itchy nose and throat, sneezing, coughing and for the more serious cases, asthma attacks. If you struggle with severe allergies, the only way to truly know what is causing them is to visit an allergist. If you are struggling with an allergy to cockroaches, your allergist will help you get to the bottom of it and give you a diagnosis.
How Can I Prevent Cockroaches?
The only way to truly battle a cockroach allergy is to get rid of cockroaches all together. While getting rid of a cockroach infestation is hard to do without the help of pest control professionals, there are several things that you can do to avoid the problem in the first place.
– Seal any gaps around windows and doors
– Check for and seal any gaps around pipes into the home
– Keep your landscaping trimmed
– Remove clutter and other places where cockroaches can take shelter during the day
– Eliminate moisture problems due to plumbing leaks
– Store trash properly with a tight fitting lid
– Keep eating spaces clean and crumb free
– Store food properly which includes pet food
– Keep your home neat and clean
– Clean up grease spills as soon as they happen
– Avoid leaving dirty dishes in your sink overnight
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If you are struggling with a cockroach infestation that is causing allergies for you, you need to remove them from your home as soon as possible. At Effective Pest Services, we know how important it is to your health and safety to remove pests from your home, and we have the tools to get the job done. Call us today!