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Office pest control can solve employees’ cockroach allergy problems at work


With summer temperatures and heat, many pests, including mosquitos, ticks, and cockroaches, are looking for cool places to shelter, and your office could become a haven for them unless you get mosquito control service or any other pest control company that offers such services. Hot, dry weather will drive common summer pests like ants into our buildings, looking for water and food. One of the not so welcome bugs is cockroaches. They can be more than a nuisance, they carry a risk for cockroach allergy problems that pose a workplace health concern for you and your employees.

Cockroach allergy asthma symptoms at work: overview

Cockroaches can cause and create allergies and this is what you need to know about cockroach allergy and the link to asthma symptons in your staff.

Can cockroaches cause allergies?

Asthma-type symptoms are commonly caused by cockroaches. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America notes that cockroaches contain a protein that is an allergen for many people. An allergen is a substance that causes an allergic immune reaction as our bodies attempt to get rid of the interfering substances. Living and dead body parts of cockroaches, along with their saliva and waste, are allergens.

What are the symptoms of a cockroach allergy?

There are several symptoms of a cockroach triggered allergy, including:

  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy and/or runny nose
  • Itchy, red, or watery eyes
  • Scratchy nose, mouth, or throat
  • Irritated skin or rash

If the allergy triggers an employee’s asthma, they may also experience:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • A whistling or wheezing sound when breathing out
  • Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing, or wheezing

Have you had cockroach allergies unknowingly?

This type of allergy is very common in most US states. 60% of all asthma cases in urban cities are associated with a cockroach allergy. If your employees already have allergies, it may heighten their usual symptoms. It’s always helpful to know if these pests are part of the allergy symptoms they are experiencing. Speak to a professional pest control company for them to assess for any cockroach infestation and how to get rid of roaches if necessary.

How to diagnose cockroach allergy?

Since the symptoms of cockroach allergies are very similar to symptoms of other allergies it is very hard to know for sure. A doctor may order an allergy test for staff in order to detect cockroach antibodies or a skin patch test to see how their skin reacts to the cockroach allergens.

How to get rid of roaches?

The best way to get rid of roaches is by hiring a professional pest control company. A good pest control company will assist you to prevent cockroach exposure by preventing them from getting inside your home to start. Here are things that you can do around your home to help minimize cockroach activity.

  • Store your food in airtight containers. This includes food kept in cabinets and on counters.
  • Keep your sink clear of dirty dishes and leftover food.
  • Vacuum and/or mop floors frequently to remove any crumbs or spills.
  • Sweep and/or mop regularly underneath appliances, machines, and furniture.
  • Avoid leaving pet food out in a bowl. Clean the bowl regularly like other dirty dishes.
  • Look for any leaks in pipes and fix them immediately. Cockroaches also look for a water source.

Cockroaches have been around for many years…and they aren’t going away any time soon. Considering what we are learning about the health impacts from living with cockroaches, removing and preventing cockroaches from sharing our living space is a very important matter.

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