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I had some cockroaches in my kids room - it was disgusting, and it realy provoked allergic reactions. kill them all!

hey me an my family live in a trailor park and we hav german roaches we all been battlin with sinus infections an bad headaches could the bugs be the problem?

Have a doctor check out your sinus infections and headaches, but mention the cockroaches to him/her as a possible irritant. German cockroaches have been linked with breathing problems.

It certainly won't hurt to get rid of the cockroaches. I hope the links above helped you make a game plan for how to take control.


Yes,cockroaches trigger asthma and breathing problems.

My landlord keeps telling me its my responsibility to get rid of them is this true

Hi Alea,
It really depends on your situation (local laws and your lease). Feel free to e-mail us at stoppests@cornell.edu to discuss the specifics of your housing situation. Your local health department or a tenant advocacy group in your area may be able to help answer your questions.

my landlord is sueing me for moving out bc of cockroaches. I don't think I should have to pay for a place that's not technically livable. but I don't know my legal rights. and instead of taking me to court he sent them to a debt collector. and is now preventing my credit from letting me buy a house

Hi Alexandria,
Your case depends on a lot of factors including your local laws. I would contact a tenant advocacy group, your local cooperative extension, heath department, or a lawyer. Faith-based organizations are also usually well-networked with those who can help.
Good luck! If you have any questions about pests (like how to move and leave them behind), feel free to contact us at stoppests@cornell.edu.

The apartment complex I live in has tons of cockroaches scattered all over the building but the manager says we have the bulk of them in out apartment. They've exterminated before and I keep clean but they just keep coming back, all day and all night they craw around everywhere. I even replaced my carpet with vinyl tiles after she told me that carpet attracts them. I see them crawling in though the balcony and front door edges at night.

Is there anything I can do to get rid of them?

Mr. Rodrigues,
I'm sorry to hear of your plight!
The first thing you want to do is identify the kind of cockroach you see crawling around. German, American, and Oriental cockroaches are common across the US. That will help you focus your control efforts.
If they are coming in through gaps around the door at night, get a door sweep on those doors. A sweep that goes all the way to the edges and touches the ground will keep outdoor pests outside. For more information on using door sweeps for pest control, see page 56 of the Pest Prevention by Design Guidelines (http://www.sfenvironment.org/sites/default/files/fliers/files/final_ppbd_guidelines_12-5-12.pdf).
If I can be of any more assistance, please feel free to e-mail stoppests@cornell.edu.

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