Effectiveness of education for control of house dust mites and cockroaches in Seoul, Korea.

Kyoung Yong Jeong, In Yong Lee, Jongweon Lee, Han Il Ree, Chein Soo Hong, Tae Soon Yong

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We evaluated the efficacy of health education in reducing indoor arthropod allergens in Seoul. The mite control measures comprised the use of mite-proof mattress and pillow coverings, regular washing of potentially infested materials, maintenance of a low humidity, removal of carpets, and frequent vacuum cleaning. Cockroach control measures included trapping, application of insecticides, and protecting food. Of 201 homes enrolled in October 1999, 63 volunteers were included in a 2-year follow-up survey between April 2000 and January 2002. Before intervention, the density of mites/g of dust varied greatly; 27.1/g in childrenos bedding, 20/g in adult bedding, 7.2/g on the floors of childrenos bedrooms, 6.8/g in sofas, 5.9/g on the floors of adultos bedrooms, 3.9/g on living room floors, 3.7/g in carpets, and 1.9 mites/g on kitchen floors. The predominant mite species and house percentages infested were; Dermatophagoides farinae 93%, D. pteronyssinus 9%, and Tyrophagus putrescentiae 8%. Comparing 1999 and 2001 infestations, before and after 25 mo of education, mite abundance was reduced by 98%, from 23.7 to 0.57 mites/g of dust. In 1999, cockroaches were detected in 62% homes: 36% Blattella germanica and 35% Periplaneta spp., including 9% double infestations of B. germanica and P. americana. Following intervention, cockroach infestation rates decreased to 22% of houses in 2000 and 23% in 2001. We conclude that continuous and repetitive health education resulted in the effective control of domestic arthropods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-79
Number of pages7
JournalThe Korean journal of parasitology
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Mar

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Pyroglyphidae
Cockroaches
Mites
Korea
Education
Arthropods
Dust
Health Education
Tick Control
Dermatophagoides farinae
Periplaneta
Vacuum
Insecticides
Humidity
Allergens
Seoul
Volunteers
Maintenance
Food

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  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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Jeong, Kyoung Yong ; Lee, In Yong ; Lee, Jongweon ; Ree, Han Il ; Hong, Chein Soo ; Yong, Tae Soon. / Effectiveness of education for control of house dust mites and cockroaches in Seoul, Korea. In: The Korean journal of parasitology. 2006 ; Vol. 44, No. 1. pp. 73-79.
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Effectiveness of education for control of house dust mites and cockroaches in Seoul, Korea. / Jeong, Kyoung Yong; Lee, In Yong; Lee, Jongweon; Ree, Han Il; Hong, Chein Soo; Yong, Tae Soon.

In: The Korean journal of parasitology, Vol. 44, No. 1, 03.2006, p. 73-79.

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