Information on common indoor pests and ways to prevent them.
Dust mites are tiny bugs that feed on human skin flakes. They are found in mattresses, pillows, carpets, upholstered furniture, bedcovers, clothes, stuffed toys and fabric-covered items. Exposure to them and their droppings can trigger asthma in individuals with allergies and can cause asthma in children who have not previously exhibited asthma symptoms.
Follow these simple steps to reduce or prevent dust mites:
Learn more about controlling dust mites and other asthma triggers on the EPA website.
Cockroaches and their droppings can trigger an asthma attack in some individuals.
Follow these simple steps to prevent roaches:
Learn more about controlling roaches from the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC).
Your risk of exposure to bed bugs increases the more time you spend in places with high turnovers of nighttime guests, such as hotels, hospitals, camps, or homeless shelters. Bed bugs, like those featured in the image above, are small (no bigger than an apple seed) and great hitchhikers. There are steps you can take to reduce the risk of bringing them into your home.
Bed bug resources: