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    Dealing with roaches and mice

    Roach droppings and mouse dander are common asthma triggers.

    General roach and rodent prevention tips:

    • Never eat in your child's bedroom.
    • Store food and trash in closed containers.
    • Clean up all spills and crumbs as soon as possible.
    • Mop kitchen floors at least once a week.
    • Clean countertops every day.
    • Take out the trash daily and put a tight lid on the trash can.
    • Seal small cracks and holes in the home where pests can get in.

    Roach specific information

    • Fix water leaks under sinks.
    • Do not leave standing water at the corner of rooms after scrubbing the floor. Dry with a towel.
    • Do not use spray pesticides inside. They can make asthma worse and are dangerous for small kids.
    • Use bait stations, gels or boric acid powder under appliances and other places roaches may hide.
    • Make sure baits and other poisons are out of reach of children.

    Mouse specific information

    • Keep clutter off floors so mice won't build nests there. They love warmth and corners.
    • Do not get a cat. The cat might actually make your child's asthma worse.
    • Use snap traps under appliances and sinks and where you see droppings.
    • Trim shrubs well and keep the yard free of litter.

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