A national study on factors that affect asthma in inner-city children shows that cockroach allergens appear to worsen asthma symptoms more than other known triggers. This study, funded by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is the first large-scale study to rank asthma triggers according to severity.
Additionally, a 2005 research study, sponsored by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), shows a disparity in homeowner knowledge about this link. Only 10% of homeowners nationwide feel that cockroaches are a threat to their family’s health.
Fortunately for homeowners, there is a solution for this asthma trigger. Professional pest control services are proven to reduce cockroach populations, which in turn, reduces the number of allergens that trigger children’s asthma attacks.
This sentiment was echoed by NIEHS Director Kenneth Olden, Ph.D in recently published articles where he cites “proven exterminating techniques” as a key component in reducing allergen populations. While that is true, It is vital that these proven techniques are completed by a professional pest control company with the training and certifications necessary to treat the infestations.
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