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Asthma, Allergies and Cockroaches

Cockroaches are one of the most common and allergenic of indoor pests. Proteins found in cockroach saliva are particularly allergenic, but the body and droppings of cockroach also contain allergenic proteins.

Recent studies have found a strong association between the presence of cockroaches and increases in the severity of asthma sysmptoms in individuals who are sensitive to cockroach allergens.

These pests are common even in the cleanest of crowded urban areas and older dwellings. They are found in all types of neighborhoods.