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Prevent Cockroach Allergies

Despite how uncomfortable cockroach infestations can be, they can also be hazardous to your health. Not only do cockroaches cause you to squeal when you see a one scurry across your floor, but cockroaches can also trigger allergies and aggravate asthma attacks.

Roaches produce allergens are concentrated in their fecal matter, saliva, and in fragments of their body parts. These tiny particles can contaminate the air in your home when they become airborne.

Cockroaches like to live in walls and other hidden places around your home. It may be difficult to effectively clean these hard-to-reach areas and keep them free of cockroach allergens. In fact, simple household chores like vacuuming can sometimes stir up these allergens, causing you to inhale them. Like most other allergens, the most common way to inhale a roach allergen is to breathe in the contaminated dust that has collected in pillows, bedding, and other dust-trapping fabrics.

To help avoid cockroach allergies, make sure to rid your house entirely of these filthy insects. Here are a few simple steps to help prevent your home from a cockroach infestation and clear of their allergens:

  • Store all food in airtight containers to eliminate food sources for cockroaches 
  • Clean surfaces to remove any food particles and residue left behind
  • Rinse all empty food and beverage containers regularly
  • Keep the sink free of dirty dishes and utensils
  • Sweep or vacuum the kitchen floor regularly to eliminate crumbs and spills
  • Close all exterior openings and cracks with a good silicone caulk
  • Place Combat® baits where roaches appear and Combat® gels in cracks and crevices to help prevent roaches from entering your home

To learn more about exterminating cockroaches at their source and other great cockroach prevention tips, visit our tips and strategies page.