Cockroaches and their Link to AsthmaMissy Henriksen
- National Pest Management Association
Monday, May 21, 2012
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.
While you may have other preferred observances (National Cupcake
Day, Women’s Heart Health Month, or even
Bed Bug Awareness Week), this is a very important event.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an
estimated 25.7 million people, including almost 7.1 million
children, have asthma. I know first-hand how concerning asthma can
be. I had exercise-induced asthma when I was young, and one of my
daughters has asthma now.
For those who suffer from this disease, it’s important to
understand its triggers. Many people are surprised to learn that
insects are a common trigger of asthma attacks, especially cockroaches. If
you are reading this and thinking "this does not apply to me
because my house is too clean for cockroaches,” think again!
Research has shown that more than 63% of American homes
have detectable levels of cockroach allergens.
I thought the last time I would have to think about cockroaches
was in my college days. My sorority sisters and I would always get
“great deals” on houses at the beach at the end of each school
year. Unfortunately, we sometimes had extra roommates of the
six-legged variety. I distinctly remember on many occasions
flipping on light switches and seeing dozens of roaches scampering
across the floor, tables, beds, and other surfaces. Had I known
then what I know now, I might have insisted we each chip in a bit
more for places that had proper pest control! (It’s not just the
asthma related issues, but cockroaches spread nearly 33
kinds of bacteria including E. coli and Salmonella.) Apologies if
you are reading this before - or worse, while - eating!
So in support of all the education that’s being offered this
month on asthma and allergy awareness, I urge you to take a few
minutes and learn a little about
how to prevent cockroaches from becoming asthma triggers in
your home. So much of protecting against pests involves eliminating
sources of food, water, and shelter for bugs. In guarding against
cockroaches, good housekeeping and good sanitation goes a long
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