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Here's some kind of gross, but really important information: the saliva, feces, and shedding of cockroaches is a huge trigger to pre-existing asthma conditions. According to Jorge P. Parada, MD, MPH, medical director of the Infection Control Program at Loyola University, "The leading trigger [for asthma] tends to be insect-related. It tends to be... larger bugs we can actually see, like cockroaches." After hearing that we have two big questions: “Why?” and “What can we do about it?”

The Connection Between Cockroaches and Asthma

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, between 25 to 60 percent of asthmatic people who live in urban environments are particularly sensitive to the cockroach allergen. Despite many papers being published on the topic, there is no clear answer as to why this is the case. How quickly someone with asthma reacts to the cockroach allergen can be affected by how close by a cockroach infestation is, how long they've been in contact with the allergen, and the air quality inside their home or domicile. The best way to combat it? Keep things clean, pay attention to air quality in your home, and most importantly – kick those roaches out!

How to Prevent Roaches from Ransacking Your Home

Nobody wants cockroaches infesting their home, especially people whose asthma symptoms are exacerbated by their presence. Here are a few tips to help keep your home or apartment roach-free: Avoid leaving food waste out. Wipe your counters, wash your dishes, and keep all garbage cans and food containers securely closed when not in use. Take out your trash regularly. Roaches love few things more than garbage, so taking care of an overflowing bin before it becomes a bug bonanza is a great preventative measure. Keep an eye on the hidden places between and behind your furniture. Cockroaches love hiding out of sight, so moving furniture regularly to sweep things out and keep them tidy is an easy way to prevent infestation. Sometimes you do everything right and still can’t avoid a pest problem. That’s where the professionals come in. Professionals like the experts at Plunkett’s Pest Control. We have over a century of experience getting pests to leave your home alone.

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