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Winter Weather Increases Risk for Allergies & Asthma Attacks

Cockroaches seek shelter from the cold, which could mean trouble for allergy sufferers.

Fleetwood, PA (January 21, 2014) – Most people think of pollen, dust and animal dander as common asthma and allergy triggers. However, Pest Control by Green Giant, a pest management company servicing Berks, Chester, and Lehigh counties, warns that cockroaches can also pose a threat to allergy and asthma sufferers. The threat for cockroach allergens is elevated in the winter because there a greater chance for cockroaches to invade homes in search of warmth and because families spend more time inside.

“Children are the most at risk to be affected by this often-overlooked asthma trigger,” said Daniel Rothermel, President of Green Giant. “Cockroaches can spread over 33 types of bacteria, including E. coli, and studies show that about one in five children in the U.S. are sensitive to cockroach allergens.”

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) advises homeowners to seal cracks around the outside of their home, keep counters and floors clean and free of crumbs that can attract the pests and vacuum frequently. Kitchens and bathrooms are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations due to the presence of food products and moisture around sinks or appliances.

If you suspect you have an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional who will be able to recommend a course of treatment. To learn more about cockroaches and the health threats they pose, visit www.pestworld.org.

Learn more information on ways to identify and evaluate a cockroach problem.

About Green Giant

Founded in 1982, Green Giant is a family-owned and operated business and has provided expert lawn care, tree care and pest control services ever since. With service areas throughout Berks, Chester, Montgomery, Lancaster, Lehigh, and Northampton counties in southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as areas around Reading, Pennsylvania, Green Giant has built a reputation of quality, professional service and personalized treatment.