Roaches and Asthma
Did you know that the presence of cockroaches in homes are linked to childhood asthma? The National Pest Management Association recently released some startling findings. Specifically, that cockroaches can spread up to 33 different kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella species. ¹
Some people with asthma have predisposed conditions, the other half seems to acquire the condition along the way. Meaning, certain things we breath in, can elicit an allergic reaction. Things like saliva, droppings, and the decomposing bodies of the roach contain those allergens known to trigger allergy and asthma symptoms, especially in children.
In environments like ours, it’s important to not only keep your house free of cockroaches, but to also dispose of the corpses. Daily cleaning, limiting food to the kitchen and cleaning dinner dishes nightly are just a few things you can do to limit roach activity in your home.
¹ National Pest Management Association
² Partners Healthcare/asthma center