Can cockroaches in my rented house trigger asthma and allergies?

Cockroaches, mice and rats produce allergens that can affect people with asthma. Cockroaches, a common trigger, can cause an asthma attack for tenants with asthma who are allergic to cockroaches. Cockroaches in a rented house can also cause the development of asthma in young children, when at least one parent has asthma and or allergies.

Studies have shown that a rodent infested house whether rented by a tenant or owned can dramatically increase the levels of allergens that are present in a home. It may be surprising for tenants and landlords to learn, however, that their rented house or home might have a detectable number of rodent allergens, even if the signs of an infestation are not immediately apparent. More than 80% of homes and houses in a recent survey had levels of mouse allergens that were high enough to cause allergic reactions and asthma symptoms.

Where are pests found in rented houses?

Like humans, pests need food, water and shelter to live. Known to live in dark and/or damp areas, they are commonly found under sinks, stoves and behind refrigerators; in cardboard boxes, and walls. Homes and other residential buildings may have other areas where pests can be found like attics (if your house has one), basements, and tunnels.

Rodent allergens may be concentrated in certain spaces.

When you are eliminating rodent allergens from your home, it is important to be aware of the fact that their allergens can be concentrated in certain areas throughout your household. Rodent allergens will be in the highest concentrations wherever these furry critters nest or feed. Unfortunately, your kitchen might have a very high concentration of rodent allergens, as rats and mice will typically look for food in pantries and other kitchen spaces.

TIP: When moving in a new house as a tenant or a homeowner, please ensure that the house or home has been fully fumigated before moving in. This in case of tenants ensures that you are protected from any infestation that might be there due to the hygiene status of the previous tenant. See the list or our partners to find the best licensed fumigation experts.

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