Are People Really Allergic to Cockroaches?

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Roaches are feared by many—not because they sting or bite, but because they’re just plain gross. Just thinking about these vile, reddish-brown insects crawling all over left out food is enough to nauseate even the strongest stomach. Most people keep their distance––rightfully so, but did you know that having a cockroach nearby could trigger an allergic reaction for some people? 

It’s true, and just another reason to exterminate these little buggers. 

What Causes Cockroach Allergies?

Like a lot of flowers and trees, cockroaches put off allergens from their fecal matter and body parts that can cause allergic reactions––especially for those with asthma. Once allergens find their way into the air, they contaminate it, and then settle into surrounding fabrics on furniture and the carpet. Vacuuming sucks up some of the allergens, but also kicks particles back up into the air. Even if you haven’t spotted a roach in a while, there could still be allergens lingering in your house from a past roach infestation. 

Allergens from cockroaches can trigger an allergic reaction in people with allergies and pre-existing asthma. There’s even evidence that cockroach allergies can cause children to develop asthma. 

Signs of a Cockroach Allergy

After reading this, are you wondering if it’s not just seasonal allergies causing that lingering cough or skin rash? If you have asthma, you should be aware that you are at an enhanced risk of an allergic reaction from cockroaches. Make sure to look out for the following symptoms:

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Skin rash
  • Constantly stuffy nose
  • Tightness in your chest
  • Shortness of breath

If someone in your home has prolonged allergy or asthma symptoms, and you’ve had a recent cockroach infestation––cockroaches may be to blame. For every cockroach you find, there are hundreds hiding in walls, the cracks of the floor, behind ceiling tiles, under sinks, and other warm spots in the house. 

Get Rid of the Roaches, Then Treat Your Allergies

In order to eliminate and prevent cockroach allergies, you first must rid your house of cockroaches, and any other pests. Part of the cockroach eradication process includes dehumidifying your home. Many pests, including cockroaches, thrive in moist, warm environments. 

After you create a dry environment, you’ll need to strip your bed of any sheets, pillowcases, comforters, and blankets. Go ahead and remove your curtains while you’re at it. In some cases, carpet may need to be removed, and while you’re at it––call Vulcan Termite & Pest Control.