Asthma, Pests, and Pesticides

Asthma is a long-term condition causing inflammation of the lungs’ airways, which leads to wheezing, coughing, difficulty breathing and other symptoms.
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Updated: September 4, 2012

Asthma, Pests, and Pesticides

Approximately 20 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma as of 2009. It is the most common chronic childhood disease and is the leading cause of school absences.

Although the causes of asthma are not completely understood, environmental factors are involved. Exposure to asthma triggers (allergens and lung irritants found in the air) can start an asthma attack. Allergens include pollen, animal dander, smoke, aerosols, and mold. Chemical lung irritants include pesticides, perfumes, air fresheners, and household cleaning products.

Paying attention to the environmental conditions that irritate the lungs can help prevent asthma attacks. Take steps to reduce these conditions by using an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to managing pests. Prevent pests from entering a building by removing access to food, water, and shelter. Know what pesticides and cleaners are used in the building. For more information, check out the attached brochure "Asthma, Pests, and Pesticides."