Most Americans have begrudging accepted the fact that no matter how much they clean their homes, it is impossible to keep the dust mites out. We have also accepted this and the fact that because of these microscopic spider-like insects, many of us suffer from dust mite allergies. What would you say though if I told you that your allergies might not stem from dust mites in your home, but rather are caused by cockroaches? It is difficult for Americans to believe that there homes are infested with cockroaches especially when no cockroaches have been spotted. I am sure the answer I would get is “Not my house! What do think I live in squalor unsanitary conditions? I do not live in filth surrounded by cockroaches!”
Yet the reality is, in urban areas cockroaches are present in more than three fourths of households. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAFA) website, cockroaches are present in 78% to 98% of urban homes with each home having between 900 to 330,000 cockroaches. Pretty disturbing numbers to say the least! Like dust mites, cockroaches are extremely hardy resilient insects that are difficult to eliminate. These insects have been around millions of years, predating the dinosaurs. They know how to survive global changes, all climates, and staying undetected inside your homes.
People unknowingly develop cockroach allergies from being exposed to their feces, saliva and bodies. In the 1970’s researchers made a further startling revelation when it was discovered that cockroach allergens triggered asthma attacks. As more inner city children play indoors because of harsh winter conditions and neighborhood dangers, doctors are seeing a dramatic climb in asthma cases. Scientists believe children exposed to cockroach droppings, saliva, and cockroach bodies are more prone to develop asthma later on. The AAFA estimates more than 23% of city residents with asthma inherited their chronic respiratory disease from cockroach allergens.
How do you get rid of cockroaches? How to you get rid of allergies to cockroaches?
Understanding and getting over the shock that cockroach are probably living behind walls and under floorboards in your apartment is the first step towards dealing with the infestation. The second step is figuring out how to remove these insects from your home to avoid your family being exposed to allergies and asthma health problems. Products that contain inorganic borates such as DustMitex work will to destroy any uninvited cockroach guests from your home. The borate compound works incredible well in eliminating cockroaches, dust mites and fleas from the home without poisoning household pets and family members. Cleaning with anti-allergen solutions can also help remove any remaining fecal droppings these insects left behind in carpets and other hard to detect places.
If you are 100 percent sure you have a cockroach problem because you have seen a cockroach with your own eyes scurrying across your kitchen floor, call in a professional exterminator. AAFA advises that for every one cockroach spotted, at least 800 more are lurking behind kitchen sinks and closets. In those cases, it is best to hire the professionals to deal with that large of a cockroach problem.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). “Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America – Information About Asthma, Allergies, Food Allergies and More!.” Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America – Information About Asthma, Allergies, Food Allergies and More!. http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=22&cont=312 (accessed May 12, 2014).