While cockroaches may be known as one of most prevalent
household pests - a projected $1 billion dollars is spent each year
on professional management services - it has now become one of the
most serious. According to recent medical studies and groups like
the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the
allergens that cockroaches attract have the potential to increase
asthma attacks, especially for children. The research also found
that cockroach allergens are one of the leading causes of
absenteeism in schools.
Cockroach allergens collect in the form of droppings,
secretions, cast skins and the dead bodies of roaches. In addition
to the allergens, cockroaches can spread at least 33 different
types of bacteria, at least seven types of human pathogens and six
kinds of parasitic worms. Cockroaches pick up these germs on their
spine and body as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage.
Although this problem is most often associated with urban
environments and multi-family housing, its important for all
homeowners to take preventative steps to protect their families
from these serious allergens. The experts at Arrow Exterminators
propose several tips to help you avoid cockroach infestations:
- Vacuum often to avoid the collection of cockroach droppings and
carcasses. This will prevent allergens from collecting.
- Seal cracks quickly to reduce or eliminate a cockroach
- Good sanitation is important, including keeping garbage in a
sealed container and disposing of it regularly to avoid attracting
With these few tips, you can help protect your family, and most
importantly your children's health.