Are Cockroaches Making Your Asthma Worse?
Having cockroaches in your home is more than just a nuisance. Roaches infesting your home can be dangerous to your health, too. Not only can they trigger asthma attacks, they may cause asthma to develop in children. Here is what you need to know about cockroaches and health.
Cockroaches and Neighborhoods
Cockroaches are often found in inner city neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are mostly low-income areas in the inner-city. Unfortunately, most of these areas are poorly maintained and give cockroaches plenty of areas to live and breed without disruption. As the cockroach population increases in abandoned and run-down buildings, they move into neighboring homes.
Cockroaches and Diseases
Cockroaches are disease carriers. One cockroach spreads 33 different kinds of bacteria. These include six types of parasitic worms, Salmonella, E-coli, and seven other human pathogens. Cockroaches are bottom feeders that can survive by eating anything. This is why they’re so difficult to get rid of. Even if you make all of your food unreachable, they can survive off of soap, glue, paper, and even feces. As cockroaches sift through your home into your food and other items, they leave feces, body segments, and sputum which can contaminate both food and surfaces in your home.
Cockroaches and Asthma
The allergens that cockroaches leave behind in their feces and debris from carcasses are enough to cause other serious health risks. Children in inner city areas are 20 percent more likely to have asthma. This high occurrence has been linked to the fact that these homes are more commonly littered with cockroaches and other pest allergens. Not only do allergens trigger allergies and asthma attacks, they can cause severe and troublesome asthma in those with allergic tendencies when exposure to high allergen levels. Living in a home with cockroaches has the same effect as outdoor air pollution.
Keeping Cockroaches Out
If you’re having trouble getting cockroaches to stay out of your home, these tips may help you.
- You need to block all entrances to your home that the roaches could be squeezing through. This includes the smallest cracks and holes.
- Keep cockroach traps and bait in corners and rooms to reduce the number of insects.
- Don’t skip cleaning day. While it’s difficult to rid your home of everything roaches eat, a clean home makes it less likely that they’ll stay.
- Call an exterminator as soon as you can for big infestations.
Cockroaches are disgusting and disease-ridden creatures. They’re the only creatures that are believed to withstand a nuclear explosion. It’s important for the health of you and your family to rid your home of them in any way possible.