Pest-Triggered Spring Allergies
It’s springtime here in Illinois and Indiana, and people are suffering from allergies now more than any other time of year! You or someone you know is probably dealing with an onslaught of allergy symptoms, including a runny nose or itchy eyes. Many people blame their allergies on the weather and trees blooming this time of year, but is that the only contributor? May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and the team at Anderson Pest Solutions wants to shine a light on the dangers of pest allergens. Certain pests in your home or business could be triggering your allergies right now, making it important to know how to prevent pest allergens in the first place. Read on to learn our expert tips to avoid pest-triggered spring allergies.
Dangers of Pest Allergens
Pest problems can create a hazardous environment in your home, and even cause allergies! The biggest contributor to pest-triggered allergies is the cockroach. Their droppings, saliva, skin, and other parts contain allergen proteins that may trigger allergic reactions. They can also exacerbate asthma, particularly in children. Other pests that are known to cause allergic reactions include stinging insects–yellow jackets, fire ants, wasps, and more. A sting from any of these can cause a wide range of reactions in people, from itching and hives to shortness of breath in a more severe allergic reaction*.
**If you experience a severe allergic reaction with symptoms such as swelling, wheezing, dizziness, or trouble breathing, call 911 or get medical attention immediately!
How to Prevent Pest-Triggered Allergies
Basic pest prevention tips can help reduce pest allergens in the home. Try to incorporate some of the following into your spring cleaning routine to avoid pest-triggered spring allergies:
- Store food in sealed containers and clean kitchens on a daily basis.
- Dispose of garbage regularly and use a tight-fitting lid.
- Seal cracks and holes in homes, including entry points for utilities and pipes, screen doors, and windows.
- Keep your basements and crawl spaces well-ventilated and dry!
- Wash blankets, rugs, and bedding in hot water or get them dry-cleaned.
- Vacuum and dust your property frequently.
- Keep pet food sealed in a tight container and wash food bowls.
Allergies: Caused by Pests?
The best way to avoid allergies from pests is to make sure you are protected against pest problems all year wrong! Pest allergens can be dangerous for you and your children, which is why it’s best to do all you can to prevent pests altogether. The team at Anderson Pest Solutions is committed to keeping our customers pest-free for the safety of their families.