Cockroaches and Asthma

Cockroaches and Asthma

Cockroach Connection:
Cockroaches Can Cause Asthma and Allergy Attacks. Are You or a Loved One Suffering?

Imagine the scene: you are putting the finishing touches on a lovely summer dinner for you and your family, when all of a sudden you spy a big black cockroach skittering across your kitchen floor. Just the sight of that roach is unnerving and unsettling. Yet for many in this country – the presence of cockroaches can be downright unhealthy.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Cockroaches contain a protein that is
an allergen for many people. The body parts, saliva and waste of cockroaches are allergens, and even dead cockroaches can cause allergic reactions in some people and asthma attacks in others.

Common cockroach allergy symptoms include:
– Sneezing
– Runny nose
– Itchy, red or watery eyes
– Stuffy nose
– Itchy nose, mouth or throat
– Postnasal drip
– Cough
– Itchy skin or skin rash

If your cockroach allergy triggers your asthma, you may also experience:
– Difficulty breathing
– Chest tightness or pain
– A whistling or wheezing sound when breathing out
– Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing

No one wants their peaceful home disturbed by unsightly cockroaches. Therefore, the following are some practical steps you can take to keep cockroaches at bay this summer and throughout the year:
Cover all trash cans tightly.
Store food in airtight containers – this includes food kept in cabinets and on counters.
Clean all dirty dishes – do not leave them in the sink or on the counter.
Sweep up any food crumbs from the counters, stove top, tables and floor. Wipe up any spills. Vacuum and mop floors regularly.
Avoid leaving pet food out in a bowl. Clean the bowl regularly, like other dirty dishes.
Fix leaky pipes under sinks and in the basement. Cockroaches love warm, damp places.
Seal cracks in the walls and floors where cockroaches can enter your home.
Call PMSI to install baits and traps in the areas cockroaches love the most. Avoid over-the-counter sprays, as they can irritate allergies and asthma.

Do you or a loved-one suffer from asthma or allergies, and suspect cockroaches to be part of the problem? Contact PMSI today to see how our experts can help contain your cockroach conundrum, and restore peace (and clear airways) to everyone living in your home.

Call or email us today!