Do Pests Trigger Allergies and Asthma in Springtime?
Springtime in the North and East Bay Area is beautiful, but can trigger allergies in millions of people! Every year, people prepare for the onslaught of seasonal allergies. But is it only the weather and blooming trees exacerbating your symptoms, or could there be something else? Believe it or not, pests are a major contributor to allergies and asthma. Certain household pests such as roaches and dust mites can be troublesome for people, especially children. Here at Western Exterminator, formerly Hitmen, we are committed to keeping our customers protected from all dangers of pests–allergies included. Keep reading to learn how to prevent pest allergens in your property.
Pests, Allergies, and Asthma
Research has proven that some common household pests may trigger allergies in people. The main culprit is the cockroach. Roach droppings, saliva, shed skins, and other parts contain allergen proteins that cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma symptoms. Children are especially vulnerable.
In addition to roaches, some species of stinging insects (yellow jackets, wasps, fire ants, and more) can cause reactions in people. Symptoms range from itching and hives to more serious conditions. Should you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction such as swelling, wheezing, dizziness, or trouble breathing, get medical attention immediately!
How to Avoid Springtime Allergies
Typical pest prevention techniques will go a long way in avoiding pest allergens. Keeping pests out of your home in the first place is the key! Some things you can do include:
- Seal cracks and holes in your property, including entry points for utilities and pipes, screen doors, and windows.
- Store food in sealed containers and clean kitchens on a daily basis.
- Dispose of garbage regularly and use a tight-fitting lid on the can.
- Keep your basements and crawl spaces well-ventilated and free of moisture problems.
- Wash blankets, rugs, and bedding in hot water or get them dry-cleaned.
- Vacuum and dust your property frequently!
Long Lasting Relief from Pests
Pests may cause allergies, but they can also bring many other types of dangers into your home! If you’ve done all you can to keep pests out of your home this spring and are still dealing with infestations, it’s time to call our team. We are committed to providing you with custom pest control solutions to protect you and your family from infestations all year long.