When you have asthma, you know that you have to avoid asthma triggers, such as cold air, strenuous exercise, dust mites, tobacco smoke, pollen, mould and pets. However, do you know that cockroaches can also trigger your asthma attack?

Decomposed debris and faecal matter from cockroach bodies easily become airborne. This can be breathed in, increasing the likelihood of an allergic response in the lungs – resulting in asthma. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), the saliva, faeces and shed body parts of cockroaches can have the same effect on asthma sufferers as dust mites.

The reaction of a person to cockroaches depends on how sensitized they are to the roach allergen, the level of infestation, and the quality of ventilation inside the house. Asthma symptoms due to cockroach allergy include wheezing, scratchy throat, itchy eyes and nose. Allergic reactions vary. It is essential to identify the specific things that trigger your asthma and eliminate them in your house.

 Although we cannot yet change our allergic tendencies, we can protect ourselves from breathing in large amounts of the substances to which we are allergic. The best ways to treat and prevent cockroach allergies is to eliminate these insects from your home. Suspected infestations should be treated sooner rather than later. Contact Kallvest at pestcontrol@kallvest.co.za for an obligation free quote and make your pesky pest problems a thing of the past.