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When it comes to household pests, cockroaches might be at the very top of the list of being the most dreaded. Aside from being a fearsome thing to behold due to their gross appearance, they can cause significant damage to your property and its contents. However, cockroaches are also behind something much worse that can affect you or your family directly: allergies.
The link between cockroaches & childhood asthma
It has been proven that cockroaches can trigger allergies in children, which can sometimes result in asthma attacks. Scientists believe that somewhere between 23% and 60% of people who live in urban cities and have asthma are also sensitive to the allergens of cockroaches. Making matters worse, it’s thought that at least 78% of urban homes are playing host or have been exposed to these dreaded bugs. The best way to get rid of these vermin is through effective extermination followed by regular preventative measures.
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What are cockroach allergies?
Cockroaches can trigger allergies just like any other common allergy source, such as pollen, dust, or other animals. Allergies to this roach is often triggered by its saliva, feces, and shed exoskeletons, all of which can be found anywhere the cockroach frequents. Some of the history behind cockroach allergies includes the following tidbits of information:
- The first time a cockroach-trigger allergy was reported was back in 1943. Scientists documented rashes appearing on patients’ skin right after cockroaches walked across it.
- By the 1970s, there was incontrovertible proof that not only did cockroaches cause allergic reactions in some people, but that the results were asthma. These acute attacks occur after the victim breathes in cockroach allergens, and they can continue for hours.
- Over the past 30 years, incidents of cockroach-related asthma attacks have skyrocketed. This could be due in large part to the increase in urban living conditions where the roaches are more common than ever.
Professional cockroach extermination and prevention services
If you’ve determined someone in your home is suffering from cockroach-related allergies, it’s understandable why you’d want to get the situation under control as soon as possible. A professional cockroach exterminator who uses environmentally-friendly pest control solutions is your best bet for eliminating these allergen-producing pests without further damage or complications. At Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s, we’re proud to use environmentally responsible solutions to control cockroach infestations. We also implement our Integrated Pest Management methods to prevent cockroaches from ever being an issue in your property again. Call us today to learn more!Back to Cockroach Exterminators, Control & Removal
Do Cockroaches Cause Allergies? in Virginia
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