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Can Cockroaches Trigger Allergies?

No one wants pests in their home. Discovering that you have an infestation of uninvited guests can be an upsetting experience and leave you feeling uncomfortable in your own property.

There are many different pests, but one pest that many people especially dislike is the cockroach. Cockroaches may be common, but finding one or more in your home can be a massive shock and trigger feelings of disgust. These six-legged pests love to eat and to be in the heat. They are often found in kitchens as the promise of food attracts them; their attraction to warm, moist areas and crumbs making spring and summer the time you are most likely to find cockroaches in your home.

Discovering a cockroach in your home can be worrying, and you may be concerned about how the cockroaches could be affecting the health of everyone living in your house.

Cockroaches and Allergies

If you have children, you may be especially concerned whether cockroaches carry allergens and whether these could trigger allergies in your kids. There is such a thing as a cockroach allergy. Cockroach allergies can trigger asthma attacks and cause other allergic responses to flare up. The symptoms of these allergic reactions can include sneezing, skin rashes, watery eyes, running nose, and many more common allergy symptoms.

Why Are People Allergic to Cockroaches?

While cockroaches may be unpleasant, you might not have considered them as a trigger for allergies. Cockroaches can trigger an asthma attack or allergy response due to a protein within their body. This causes an immune response and leads to allergic symptoms flaring up. This allergy-causing protein can be found throughout the cockroach in their body parts, saliva, and waste. This protein can still cause an allergic response when the cockroach is dead, so keeping away from cockroaches at all times is a wise idea to minimize the chances of a reaction.

Avoiding Cockroach Allergies

Avoiding cockroaches all together is the best way to prevent allergies. But, if this is not possible, you may want to discuss ways to minimize the impact of the allergies with your doctor. Your doctor may recommend medication such as antihistamines to calm down your body’s response to the allergens.

Making changes in your home to ensure it is not appealing to cockroaches will help to deter them from entering your property. Keeping food products stored in airtight containers can be helpful, as can cleaning up your dishes each night. It is also vital to call out pest control as soon as you notice the first signs of cockroaches at your home. Cockroaches breed fast, and this can see their numbers quickly multiply, so getting a pest controller around to your home is the best way to tackle the issue.

Contact Old Bay Pest Control Services Today

Don’t let cockroaches infest your home and cause your family allergies and other health concerns. Instead, call us to take care of your cockroach problem and ensure your home stays a happy and healthy place to live.