Why NPMA Recognizes National Asthma & Allergy MonthBy Missy Henriksen
- National Pest Management Association
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Having just recognized
Termite Awareness Week, National
Pest Management Month, and
Bed Bug Awareness Week, all in a thirty day span, we are bit
exhausted – but no time for rest just yet.
It’s now time to focus energies on another important observance,
National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. The National Pest
Management Association (NPMA) is proud to stand with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation
of America (AAFA), the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) in bringing attention to asthma and
asthma triggers. Why, you might ask, is the NPMA rallying to
support this effort? Because, surprisingly to many, cockroaches and
other pests are primary asthma triggers in home environments.
Asthma is a pervasive and serious chronic disease.
Consider these statistics from AAFA:
Every day in
44,000 people have an asthma attack.
36,000 kids miss school due to asthma.
27,000 adults miss work due to asthma.
4,700 people visit the emergency room due to asthma.
1,200 people are admitted to the hospital due to asthma.
9 people die from asthma.
And while we may not be in a position to offer education about
other asthma triggers such as mold, smoke, or pollution, we can
certainly use our platform to educate about the importance of a
pest-free home. The pests most often linked to asthma are rodents
and cockroaches because of triggers from their urine, saliva, and
fecal droppings. While many people believe they are immune to
contact with these pests, studies have found mouse allergens
present in 82% of American homes and cockroaches in 78% to 98% of
urban homes. Moreover, it’s been reported that when a single roach
is spotted in a home environment, it’s likely there are at least
800 others present as well. Yuck!
So we are pleased to focus much our site content this month to
pests and asthma. You can learn more about
asthma from Dr. Jorge Parada; you can learn how to prevent
pests from taking up residence in your home; you can even watch the
Announcement we produced with AAFA to focus attention on asthma
awareness and you can find a pest management
professional in your community who will help you learn more
about keeping your home pest free. View Comments
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