Doctor's Office PSA

Public Service Announcement Addresses Hidden Asthma Triggers

There are an estimated 26 million people in the United States who suffer from asthma, a condition that results in one-fourth of all emergency room visits each year.

Anyone who is affected by this chronic condition knows that an attack can strike at anytime. But what people may not know is that allergens left behind from common household pests, like mice and cockroaches, are a major asthma trigger. Consider these facts:

  • 82% of U.S. households contain allergens left by mice.
  • Cockroaches are found in up to 98% of urban homes.
  • Estimates show that more than 25% of Americans are allergic to German cockroaches.

Asthma, allergies and pests go hand-in-hand – and they are a bad combination. Learn how to protect your family. Watch our 2015 public service announcement speaking to the health implications that pest infestations can have on allergies and asthma.

You can also listen to the radio version here.

More Information

The campaign is a joint effort by the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and the National Pest Management Association.


The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) is a professional medical organization of more than 6,000 allergists-immunologists and allied health professionals, headquartered in Arlington Heights, Ill. The College fosters a culture of collaboration and congeniality in which its members work together and with others toward the common goals of patient care, education, advocacy and research. ACAAI allergists are board-certified physicians trained to diagnose allergies and asthma, administer immunotherapy, and provide patients with the best treatment outcomes. For more information and to find relief, visit