By Missy Henriksen – National Pest Management Association
Sunday, May 19, 2013
It’s now time to focus energies on another important observance, National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is proud to stand with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in bringing attention to asthma and asthma triggers. Why, you might ask, is the NPMA rallying to support this effort? Because, surprisingly to many, cockroaches and other pests are primary asthma triggers in home environments.
Asthma is a pervasive and serious chronic disease. Consider these statistics from AAFA:
Every day in America:
44,000 people have an asthma attack.
36,000 kids miss school due to asthma.
27,000 adults miss work due to asthma.
4,700 people visit the emergency room due to asthma.
1,200 people are admitted to the hospital due to asthma.
9 people die from asthma.
And while we may not be in a position to offer education about other asthma triggers such as mold, smoke, or pollution, we can certainly use our platform to educate about the importance of a pest-free home. The pests most often linked to asthma are rodents and cockroaches because of triggers from their urine, saliva, and fecal droppings. While many people believe they are immune to contact with these pests, studies have found mouse allergens present in 82% of American homes and cockroaches in 78% to 98% of urban homes. Moreover, it’s been reported that when a single roach is spotted in a home environment, it’s likely there are at least 800 others present as well. Yuck!
So we are pleased to focus much our site content this month to pests and asthma. You can learn more about asthma from Dr. Jorge Parada; you can learn how to prevent pests from taking up residence in your home; you can even watch the Public Service Announcement we produced with AAFA to focus attention on asthma awareness and you can find a pest management professional in your community who will help you learn more about keeping your home pest free.