Monthly Archives: September 2012

Cold Weather Draws Cockroaches Indoors, Increasing Risk for Allergens & Asthma Attacks

Most of us think of allergy and asthma triggers coming only from pollen, dust, animal dander, etc. However, The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns that cockroaches can also pose a threat to those suffering from allergies and asthma. The saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies of cockroaches contain allergen proteins known to trigger allergies and increase the severity of asthma symptoms.

Children are especially at risk for suffering allergic and asthmatic reactions to cockroach infestations. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reports that one in five children in the U.S. have severe sensitivities to cockroach allergens. Even worse, cockroaches spread 33 different bacteria’s including E coli and salmonella, 6 parasitic worms and more than 7 other types of human pathogens.

Cockroach allergens are elevated in the winter because cockroaches invade homes in search of warmth as families spend more time indoors. The NPMA encourages homeowners to take preventative measures to prevent cockroach infestations and to help keep their families healthy

“To help prevent infestations, we recommend that homeowners seal cracks around the outside of their home, vacuum frequently and keep counters and floors clean and free of crumbs that can attract the pests,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “Extra attention should be paid to kitchens and bathrooms – especially under appliances and sinks – as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations due to the presence of food products and moisture in plumbing fixtures.”

If you suspect you have an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional who will be able to recommend a course of treatment. To learn more about cockroaches and the health threats they pose or to schedule an appointment with a pest management professional, contact us today at 800-457-3785.

Fall Weather Could Bring Pests Into Your Home

As fall approaches, the declining temperatures can drive outdoor pests to seek warmer temperatures in your home. Without taking the proper preventative measures, homeowners may start to see an increase in termites, ants, beetles, and other biting & potentially dangerous bugs.

Just as you take steps to prepare your home and yard for the winter, consider adding a few tasks to help protect your home and avoid inviting insects indoors.

  • Seal Openings around windows, the foundation and doors.
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts. Leaves and other debris can provide homes for insects.
  • Ensure downspouts direct rain-water away from your home.
  • Remove firewood and other items near the house, including rock or compost piles, old boards or bricks.
  • Push mulch back and remove leaves so they are not resting against the house.
  • Store trash cans away from your home. Trash offers a food source to insects and other animals. Keep trash lids closed at all times.
  • Trim bushes so they’re not directly touching the foundation and cut tree limbs that overhang gutters or roof lines.

Creating a pest control barrier in and around your home will prevent outdoor pests from becoming indoor pests!

Contact us today at 800-457-3785  for a complete inside and outside inspection and treatment to ensure your family is safe and pest free.