We’ve all heard of pet hair, dust mites and pollen triggering asthma and allergies… but what about cockroaches?

Statistics show that cockroach allergies are one of the most common indoor allergies in the world! Yet it often goes undetected, with the blame instead falling on dust and pollen.

More than 60 percent of homes contain cockroach allergens (their droppings, saliva, and shedding body parts). In urban areas, this can rise up to 90 percent of all homes and apartments!

Symptoms of cockroach allergies

While both adults and children can be susceptible to cockroach allergens, research has shown that it’s our little ones who are most at risk. More Info

Those with asthma may have exacerbated symptoms and even more frequent attacks, especially in urban areas where cockroaches are more common in larger numbers.

Common symptoms of a cockroach allergy can include:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nasal or sinus infections
  • Ear infections
  • Skin rash
  • Itchy skin, nose, throat, or eyes
  • Runny nose or postnasal drip

Controlling cockroach allergies

Cockroaches are good at hiding, especially in walls, cracks, and underneath your floorboards. Chances are that if you’ve spotted one cockroach in your house, there could be as many as 800 hiding close by!

If you suspect that cockroaches are causing you or your family to suffer from more frequent asthma and allergy flare-ups, we recommend that you call your local pest control expert for an inspection of your home. Contact Us

A qualified pest control technician will not only eliminate your cockroach problem, but reduce the risk of these pests returning again. Plus they will be able to identify any risk factors, such as hidden areas in your home with excess moisture, that may be attracting cockroaches.

But while you wait for your local pest control expert to arrive, we recommend that you reduce your contact with these pests with the following steps.

Seal all food in jars or containers – cockroaches are constantly on the lookout for things to eat 

Vacuum or sweep regularly – droppings, saliva and sheddings are almost impossible to see. This will also keep your floors clear of any crumbs that the cockroaches might be snacking on.

Secure your kitchen bin – put a lid on your kitchen bin to stop these pests from rummaging through your scraps at night.

Reduce and clear out clutter – cockroaches are experts at hiding in plain sight, and will sometimes make a home in between the clutter on your shelves.

So if you suspect that you or your family may be coughing, sneezing or scratching because of some unwanted house guests, call your local pest control expert as soon as possible!