Mumbai, Jan 21: While more than 150 million people are suffering from asthma globally, not many are aware of the fact that cockroaches combined with domestic pests are one of the main triggers of Bronchial asthma.
Speaking to reporters here, vice president Marketing, Pest Control of India Nikhil Chatterjee said, ''Cockroaches are reported to spread 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven other human viral and bacterial pathogens and is a significant cause of the alarming rise in asthma in the urban areas, particularly in children.'' Their excretions coupled with molted carcasses creates a biological dust of protein particles that trigger asthma and allergies, he informed.
Cockroaches carry numerous diseases and thrive in warm, dark, moist places and are most active when temperatures reach 70 degrees and above. It is necessary to curb the menace in its infancy and make sure that there is no recurrence of the problem. This is only possible by professional pest management supplemented by proper hygiene and cleanliness, he added.
''In order to prevent the invasion of these pests, proper storage of food, daily disposal of garbage, sealing cracks and holes in house, including entry points for utilities and pipes and keeping basements and lofts well-ventilated and dry is important,'' Mr Chatterjee added.