It’s natural in the springtime to have concerns about pests that can impact health, from mosquitoes that can carry Zika virus and West Nile virus, to ticks that can transmit Lyme disease, and more. But, what about pests that trigger those allergy and asthma symptoms that commonly arise this time of year? According to pest expert John Bozarjian cockroaches could be to blame for sneezing, itchy eyes and runny noses.

Cockroaches are known to fuel allergy symptoms, especially in children, through the allergens found in their saliva and droppings. These pests love warm, moist areas, so the spring is an ideal time for homeowners to take the time to cockroach-proof their homes and, in turn, help reduce potential household allergy triggers for themselves and their families.

Homeowners should take note of the following cockroach prevention tips from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and Johnny B’s Pest Control this coming spring:

  • Keep the home – especially the kitchen and bathrooms – free of crumbs and debris.
  • Disinfect counters and food surfaces.
  • Do not let dirty dishes pile up in the sink – the food leftovers attract cockroaches looking to feed.
  • Take out trash frequently, and store it in a sealed receptacle.
  • Transfer open boxed food items from cardboard into sturdy, sealed containers.
  • Throw away foods that have passed their expiration dates.
  • Keep pet food in a sealed container and wash pet bowls frequently.
  • Vacuum at least once a week using a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
  • Dust hard surfaces frequently with a dust rag or damp cloth.
  • Maintain the humidity level in the house at about 50 percent by properly ventilating basements and crawl spaces. Consider running a dehumidifier in these areas to prevent moisture buildup.

As a good rule of thumb, be sure to keep homes as clean as possible since cockroaches love filthy environments. But, if these pests do find their way into the home, controlling them is best left to a professional who can properly treat the problem.”

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