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.