Roaches are one of the most feared bugs, not because they sting or bite, but because they are just plain gross. Just thinking about these nighttime scavengers with their spiky legs and glossy brown exoskeletons sends shivers down some people’s spines. But can they actually cause an allergic reaction?
You may have heard of cockroach allergies before, but doubted they actually exist. Unfortunately, cockroach allergens are all too real. It’s just one more reason to hate these nasty little buggers.
What Causes Cockroach Allergies?
Like flowers and trees, cockroaches put off allergens from their fecal matter and body parts that can cause allergic reactions. When allergens are floating around it contaminates the air. They then stick to other particles and settle into fabrics and carpet. Vacuuming sucks up some of the allergens, but it also kicks particles back up into the air. Even if there isn’t a current roach infestation, there could still be allergens present in a house from activity in the past.
These cockroach allergens are breathed in, and at that point they can trigger asthma and allergy attacks. There’s evidencecockroach allergies can even cause asthma to develop in young children.
Allergens are typically worst in the kitchen, where roach activity is concentrated. Bedrooms are also areas where cockroach allergens are a problem, because the bedding can easily trap allergens.
Roach Allergy Symptoms
Wondering if you have a cockroach allergy? If you have asthma, you’re at a much higher risk of being affected by roach allergens than other people. However, everyone should look out for the following symptoms:
- Constantly stuffed up nose
- Skin rash
- Tightness in the chest
- Shortness of breath
If someone in your household has prolonged allergy or asthma symptoms and cockroaches have been spotted in the house, pests could be the problem. For every one cockroach you see, there are hundreds more hiding in walls, the cracks of the floor, under sinks and other warm spots.
Getting Rid of Cockroach Allergies
In order to eliminate and prevent cockroach allergies, you’ll need to first get rid of roaches and other pests. Part of the process includes dehumidifying your home. Many pests, including cockroaches, thrive in moist environments. You’ll also need to thoroughly clean all of the bedding, curtains and furniture. It may also be necessary to remove carpeting.
Whether or not you have a roach allergy, no one wants to live with these creepy crawly insects. Vulcan Termite & Pest Control Inc. can knock back a roach population with just one customized pest control treatment.