How a Cockroach Infestation Can Trigger Allergies and Asthma

How a Cockroach Infestation Can Trigger Allergies and Asthma

Cockroaches can do some serious harm. They are not only terrifying to look at, but the carriers of various diseases and allergens. Some people are allergic to cockroaches and suffer terrible symptoms from infestations, even asthma. Cockroach infestations should be avoided and treated properly to reduce the risk of allergic reactions and disease transmission. If you suspect a cockroach infestation in your home or business, give Cockroach Control Toronto  a call. 

Cockroaches are common pests. These bugs migrate into people’s homes and places of work through plumbing or along the electrical wiring in the walls. Anyone can get cockroaches regardless of income or housing. An unlucky individual could get a cockroach infestation simply by bringing in a cardboard box or piece of furniture that contains cockroaches. Nearly all cockroach infestations in Canada consist of the German cockroach, which likes to hide in people’s kitchens. These insects contaminate your food and spread allergens that are bad for your health. In extreme cases, cockroaches are known to bite people which can trigger rashes and even has the chance to transmit disease.   

People who are allergic to cockroaches will experience symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, nasal congestion, and rashes on the skin. These allergies are triggered by the saliva, feces, and shed skins of cockroaches as they pollute the air and the surfaces of the home. Like dust mites, cockroach allergens can become airborne. People unknowingly breathe them in, and those who are allergic to cockroaches may experience symptoms of asthma attacks even if they don’t have asthma. About half the homes in urban environments have cockroach allergens. This includes houses that do not have any cockroaches at all. If you think you might be allergic, you can undergo a skin test with an allergist which will either confirm or deny your suspicion.

If you are allergic to cockroaches, an allergist can prescribe you something to alleviate your symptoms, such as over-the-counter medications or allergy shots. You should also keep your house clean by doing the dishes, vacuuming the floor, and taking out the trash every night. It’s also a good idea to store food in sealable containers and to seal any cracks and crevices you find in your kitchen. These habits and medications however do not solve the problem. If there is a cockroach infestation in your home, you must have it treated with the help of a professional. Only a certified pest removal technician has access to the pesticides needed to eradicate a cockroach population safely and effectively. Insecticides that you can purchase in stores do not have the lasting effects necessary to keep the bugs away for good.

Our experienced staff at The Exterminators Inc. know how to deal with cockroaches. We use a combination of specially formulated treatments to reach every single pest in the home and to prevent them from coming back. If you have any cockroach concerns, contact The Exterminators Inc. today and ask us about our cleaning services.