Can cockroach cause an allergy? Will you have thoughts of health scares crossing your mind whenever you see a pest cockroach crawling by? Do you think you are just scaring yourself for nothing? Well, this is perfectly normal and you are definitely not alone.
Let us ask Dr Chan, who is Rentokil in-house medical entomologist, the expert in pests.
Rentokil: Hi Dr Chan, can cockroaches cause an allergy to someone, what are the typical allergy symptoms, and what are the triggers to this allergy?
Dr Chan: Yes, cockroach can cause an allergy to human beings. The symptoms typically include asthma and rashes, but this is dependable on the individual health reactions.*
The trigger to these symptoms can be coming from any part of the cockroach. The cockroach droppings, their body parts, its shed skin or even by having them crawling over your skin.
Therefore, now that it is a known fact cockroaches do indeed and are capable of causing an allergy to us, and/or even food poisoning. It is imperative that for our own health and safety, we do all that we can to keep pest cockroaches out of our homes, offices, eateries!
With cockroach being such an unhygienic pest, it is no wonder why your mother at home will always persist to hunt down that single cockroach no matter what. Or else, the whole family is not sleeping! Read more on Ways to Deal with the Cockroach that Got Away
Here are some recommended ways to keep cockroaches out:
- Reduce clutter and deny access
Remove clutter at living spaces can help to lessen the number of hiding opportunities for cockroaches.
- Starve them of food sources
Clean the house, empty rubbish bins on a daily basis. Avoid leaving pet food out in a bowl overnight.
- Fix leaking pipes and sinks
By fixing such, you can successfully eliminate a constant water source for cockroaches, who need to drink every day in order to survive.
- Use cockroach baits and traps
Although such D.I.Y. methods provide a temporary relief to you, the baits and traps when not placed strategically will not be successful. Especially in cases of a heavy infestation you will need help, so here we bring you to the next tip…
- Engage professional pest control services
Pest control companies in Singapore have trained technicians who are able to carry out treatment methods safely. They also understand the pest biology, life cycle, behavior and habits. With pest control specialists around, they can help to control a cockroach infestation effectively.
Trained and majoring in biology, management of vectors and parasites, Dr Chan is the in-house Medical Entomologist of Rentokil Initial who can answer all your questions on any pest. You can post a question to Dr Chan for free at your convenience here! #AskDrChan
*Important attention: Always seek timely professional medical attention, do not self-treat.