'First Responder' Public Service Announcement Highlights Health
Risks Posed by Pests
When people think of causes of allergies, they often focus on
pollen, dust and pet dander. But did you know common
household pests like cockroaches and mice can cause allergies, as well
as aggravate asthma? Consider these facts:
- 63% of American homes contain
allergens from cockroaches. That number increases to as many as
78% to 98% of homes in urban areas.
- Mice also spread potent asthma triggers, found in 82% of
- Nearly 25 million Americans suffer from asthma.
- 60% of asthma cases are “allergic-asthma.”
- Asthma is the most common chronic disease among
These staggering statistics demonstrate how hidden allergens
from common household
pests can put us at risk for serious (and potentially
Help your family breathe easier. Watch our new
public service announcement offering information on
safeguarding the health and safety of families from household
pests. The campaign is a joint effort by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of
America and the National Pest Management Association.
To assess the allergy and asthma risks in your home, download
tips when searching for a qualified pest professional to help
ensure a pest-free home.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of
America (AAFA), a non-profit organization founded in 1953, is
the premiere patient organization for people with asthma and
allergies. AAFA is dedicated to improving the quality of life for
people with asthma and allergic diseases through education,
advocacy and research.
The National Pest Management
Association (NPMA), celebrating its 80th year of service, is a non-profit
organization committed to the protection of public health, food and
property from common household pests. As part of this mission, the
association conducts public education and awareness programs for