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The Truth About Cockroaches and Asthma

Some pests are simply a nuisance while others can actually destroy your home and affect your health. Cockroaches are one example of an unsightly pest that can also produce harmful allergens. This can be especially unhealthy for anyone with asthma.

Allergens are typically concentrated in the cockroaches’ fecal matter and their body parts. Simply killing a cockroach could actually release more allergens. These tiny particles will travel through the air and affect your indoor air quality 

Cockroach allergens tend to be heavier, which means that they will remain in the air for a short time before settling on your carpets and furniture. Any activity, including vacuuming, can stir up the allergens and make them airborne again. Most people inhale cockroach allergens that have settled on their pillows and bedding.

Anyone with allergy problems or asthma can experience aggravated symptoms from inhaling cockroach particles. In fact, there is some evidence that cockroach allergens can actually cause asthma to develop in the first place among preschool-aged children. 

Eliminating Cockroach Allergens

The best strategy for reducing the amount of cockroaches allergens in your home is to keep it as clean as possible. Remember that cockroaches are coming into your home looking for food and water sources. A clean home won’t be as inviting to these pests.

If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, it is a good idea to remove carpeting and replace it with smooth flooring. This will prevent allergens from collecting in the first place. 

It is also a good idea to keep humidity levels in the home low. Any dampness will attract cockroaches and other pests. 

Finally, if you have an infestation, you will want to hire a professional to take care of the problem so that your health isn’t compromised. Capital Pest is the area’s most trusted pest control service provider and we can help with all your cockroach and pest issues. Call us today to schedule an appointment. 

Capital Pest is proud to be a family-owned and operated pest control company serving Raleigh, NC and its surrounding area (Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Clayton, Pinehurst, Pittsboro, Fuquay-Varina, etc). Contact us for our pest control services today!