There are multiple triggers for asthma attacks but there is one pest in particular that can be the biggest culprit. In many cases, the cockroach is guilty as charged and you will want to get these cockroaches out of your home or exterminate cockroaches from your business. In this helpful article, we talk a little bit about asthma, in general, how cockroaches can trigger asthma attacks and other symptoms you will feel when cockroaches are responsible for asthma attacks.
FIRST, WHAT IS AN ASTHMA ATTACK?
Basically, it’s as simple as your breathing tubes getting smaller while filling up with mucus. Technically, there is a fancy word for asthma attacks, they are also known as asthma exacerbation. In more detail, your muscles around your airways contract, then the lining of your airways get inflamed, then your airways produce extra mucus—basically a snowball effect making it harder and harder to breath. If you’ve ever had an attack you will remember how fast an attack can escalate.
COCKROACHES CAUSE ASTHMA ATTACKS?
Dust mites are the usual culprit for allergens but the saliva, feces, and shedding body parts of cockroaches can trigger asthma just like dust mites. The National Pest Management Association reports that 63% of homes in the United States contain cockroach allergens. In urban areas, that number rises to between 78% and 98% of homes.
IS EVERYBODY AT RISK FOR COCKROACH ASTHMA?
Nope. Some people already have a predisposition to asthma triggers. Some people acquire the tendency towards asthma as they get older. But even those who aren’t normally susceptible to an attack can be vulnerable to cockroach asthma. This is because cockroach waste is small enough to be lifted into the air and breathed into the bronchial tubes which then causes the immune system to trigger allergy symptoms, even in folks who normally don’t have attacks.
WHAT ARE THE TYPICAL COCKROACH ALLERGY SYMPTOMS?
- Nasal congestion
- Skin rash
- Ear infection
- Sinus infection
At Wildwoods Pest Control, we know that cockroaches reproduce incredibly fast. That is why we act quickly when it comes to cockroach pest control. We employ an approach to pest control called “Integrated Pest Management,” we believe that each home should be treated differently because each home is unique. Wildwoods has served Portland area communities such as Sandy for several years and can create timely and effective extermination solutions for your pest control issue.
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