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How do cockroaches trigger my allergies?

Although cockroaches scurry away when the kitchen lights come on, they leave behind droppings in the form of tiny pellets. The feces contain a digestive enzyme that is thought to be an allergen. And if that is not enough, consider this: Dead roach body parts, which are known to be allergens, adhere to dust particles. These, in turn, become airborne and can cause an allergic reaction when they enter the lungs, eyes and nose. Extermination can increase the problem because there will be more dead body parts in the dust. For allergy-friendly roach control, it's best to use traps.

Like dust mites, cockroaches enjoy a warm, humid environment. Not all cockroaches choose a life indoors, but the ones who enter homes to find food will live in any room, not just the kitchen.

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