Cockroaches Can Trigger Asthma and AllergiesJanay Rickwalder
Monday, May 6, 2013
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) designates
May as “
National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month” – a peak season
for asthma and allergy suffers due to increased pollen
concentrations and other common triggers like
animal dander and cockroaches.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns that
droppings and shed skin from cockroaches often carry
bacteria and other germs. When cockroaches infest homes, these
bacteria spread and become dangerous to humans – particularly
children who suffer from asthma. More, cockroaches spread 33 kinds
of bacteria including E coli and salmonella, six parasitic worms
and more than seven other types of human pathogens.
To safeguard the home against cockroaches, the NPMA stresses the
importance of keeping counters, sinks, tables and floors clean and
free of clutter.