Rodent Reduction Linked to Lower Asthma Cases

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Getting rid of rodents in Boston's public housing may have improved living conditions in more ways than one, according to the Boston Globe. Reducing the number of cockroaches and rodents has lead to a decrease in asthma symptoms among residents. In fact, new city data indicated that incidences have dropped by nearly half since 2005. 

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) says the saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies of cockroaches contain allergen proteins known to increase the severity of asthma symptoms.

To prevent a rodent or cockroach infestation, residents should store food in airtight containers, dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles and eliminate moisture build up around the apartment. If an infestation is suspected, notify management immediately.