Friday, April 13, 2012

Rodents and Cockroaches Linked to Allergic Asthma

Several studies have linked allergic asthma reactions to rodents and cockroaches.  People who suffer with this condition can make life a bit easier by ridding their environment of these pesky little creatures.

Tampa Bay Pest Management offers free estimates to provide an affordable quick solution to rid your house or office of these allergen ridden pests. However keep in mind that even after rodents and cockroaches have been eliminated, the hair, urine and fecal matter left behind can still trigger allergic reactions; therefore it is vital to vacuum and mop down the affected areas.  

Obviously the best solution is to prevent your living space from becoming a breeding ground for rodents and cockroaches. We have compiled some easy strategies that may help in your quest to breathe easier and live cleaner. 

  • Seal holes and cracks in building foundations, utility openings, and joints between materials. Use corrosion-proof materials such as copper or stainless steel mesh. Rodents can chew through many other materials and squeeze through tiny openings.
  • Add rodent barriers to foundation walls to make it more difficult for them to enter a building. For example, heavy-duty wire mesh along the outside of a foundation is an effective barrier.
  • Seal passages through interior floors, walls, ceilings, and kick spaces. If possible, keep kick spaces open to limit places rodents can hide. (Kick spaces are the gaps between the bottom of cabinetry or built-in furniture and the floor.)
  • Keep bushes and trees at least three feet from homes. Bushes and trees near a home provide food, a living place, and sheltered passage for rats and rodents.
  • Ensure trash is stored in secure containers (covered garbage cans and dumpsters).
  • Store food in rodent-proof containers. 
  • Limit where you eat to avoid spreading food and crumbs around the house and always keep food out of bedrooms.
  • Never leave food out—keep all food and garbage in closed containers.
  • Wash the kitchen floor and counter tops at least once a week.
  • Repair leaky faucets and drain pipes to eliminate water sources that attract these pests.
  • Close up all openings around the house that might allow cockroaches to enter.
  • Reduce the number of cockroaches by using environmentally safe pesticides and bait stations