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About Cockroaches, Other Pests and Asthma

By EPA

Droppings or body parts of cockroaches and other pests can trigger asthma. Certain proteins, called allergens, are found in cockroach feces and saliva and can cause allergic reactions, or trigger asthma symptoms, in some individuals. Cockroaches are commonly found in crowded cities and the southern regions of the United States. Cockroach allergens likely play a significant role in asthma in many inner-city areas.

Actions You Can Take

An important key to pest management is to remove places in your home for pests to hide and to keep exposed areas free of food and water. But remember, pesticides you may spray to prevent pests are not only toxic to pests, they can harm people too. Try to use pest management methods that pose less of a risk. Tips to prevent pests:

 


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  • Do not leave food or garbage out.
  • Store food in airtight containers.
  • Clean all food crumbs or spilled liquids right away.
  • Wash dishes as soon as you are done using them.
  • Keep counters, sinks, tables and floors clean and clear of clutter.
  • Fix plumbing leaks and other moisture problems.
  • Seal cracks or openings around or inside cabinets.
  • Remove piles of boxes, newspapers and other hiding places for pests from your home.
  • Make sure trash is stored in containers with lids that close securely, and remove trash daily.
  • Try using poison baits, boric acid or traps first before using pesticide sprays.

 

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About Cockroaches, Other Pests and Asthma:  Created on November 2nd, 2007.  Last Modified on November 2nd, 2007

 

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About EPA

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, the EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people. At laboratories located throughout the nation, the agency works to assess environmental conditions and to identify, understand and solve current and future environmental problems.

 

 

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