Cockroaches Affect Your Allergies
The health problems caused by cockroaches have been recognized for decades. Allergies and asthma can be activated by a cockroach’s feces, saliva as well as body parts. These affect humans like any type of allergens. They aggravate a person’s condition when they get into the air. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), over 62 percent of homes in the United States have cockroach allergens. This number increases to as high as 98 percent for homes in urban areas. If you believe you have roaches in your home contact Green Home Pest Control immediately to protect your house and family.
Cockroach allergens have been recognized as a major contributor to a number of allergies for over 49 years. The first positive skin test response to cockroach allergens happened in 1964. It was a study that involved approximately 750 patients who resided in New York City. A study was also conducted by the National Cooperative Inner City Asthma Study (NCICAS). It provided significant data concerning cockroach allergens and asthma. The study showed inner-city youths had high levels of cockroach allergens. They also had more hospitalizations, medical visits when compared to youths who lived in non-urban areas.
Preventing Cockroach Infestations
Cockroaches are attracted to areas that are cool, dark and damp that may have tiny bits of food and water. One of the most common areas is drains. A good way to deter cockroaches from spending time in these areas, and then moving to other parts of a home, is to regularly poor very hot water down the drains. This will kill cockroaches as well as their eggs. Leaving dirty dishes with food on them in a sink can also attract cockroaches. Cockroaches often get into a home through its plumbing. Plugging bathroom drains and eliminating any leaks is important. A cockroach can live on a very small amount of water. Cockroaches can eat paper as well as the glue used to bind the pages of a book or magazine. Avoid leaving stacks of magazines, newspapers or other papers in a house. It is important to recycle all papers as soon as they have been used.
A good way to avoid an infestation of cockroaches is by keeping a home very clean. A person should regularly mop the floors of their home as well as vacuum the carpets. Experts agree a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) filter is the most effective. Doing this will also remove any type of allergens left by cockroaches or from any other source. When wiping down surfaces where food is prepared, it’s important to use a good disinfectant. Trash needs to be in a sealed receptacle that is regularly emptied. It is also advisable to put pet food away after a pet is done eating. Leaving is out for extended periods of time could make it become food for cockroaches.
Seal Gaps and Cracks
It is possible for some cockroaches to get through an opening that is only 3/16 of an inch wide. They usually spend most of their time in gaps and openings near a source of food and water. A homeowner should be certain to check the inside and outside of their house. They need to look for any possible gaps where cockroaches could come in and stay. When such openings are identified, it is important to seal them. This includes any openings in floors or walls. It is recommended homeowners use a caulking that is silicone based. When doing this attention needs to be paid to where the utility pipes enter a house.
Contact Professional Exterminators
There are situations where a homeowner does everything right to prevent an infestation of cockroaches and it still happens. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American (AAFA), if one cockroach is spotted in a home there is a very good chance there are hundreds more that have not been seen. It may be time to call a pest control professional. A reputable pest control company will know how to use the safest methods and least amount of pest control product necessary. They will know how to identify the type of cockroach in a home and any concerns associated with it. A pest control professional will be able to discuss various options available to a homeowner. They can also explain how long a home must be evacuated and any guarantees that go with their service.
If you are experiencing issues with cockroaches in your home, you can contact Green Home Pest Control today for world-class cockroach control solutions that are safe and effective for your home. We provide cockroach control services in the following cities.
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