Asthma Triggers: Gain Control
About cockroaches, other pests and asthma
Droppings or body parts of cockroaches and other pests can trigger asthma. Certain proteins are found in cockroach feces and saliva and can cause allergic reactions or trigger asthma symptoms in some individuals.
Cockroaches are commonly found in crowded cities and the southern regions of the United States. Cockroach allergens likely play a significant role in asthma in many urban areas.
Actions you can take
- Keep counters, sinks, tables and floors clean and free of clutter.
- Clean dishes, crumbs and spills right away.
- Store food in airtight containers.
- Seal cracks or openings around or inside cabinets.
Insecticides and pesticides are not only toxic to pests — they can harm people too. Try to use pest management methods that pose less of a risk.
|Home Safe Home Poster (PDF) (1 page., 315 K, about PDF)|
|Citizen's Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety (PDF) (53 pp., 1.4 M) [EPA 735-K-04-002]|
|Cockroach Prevention Activity Website for Kids|
|Oregon State University and EPA: National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)
The NPIC is open from 6:30AM to 4:30PM Pacific time, daily. Call toll-free at 1-800-858-7378 or contact them via e-mail at email@example.com.