Do you suffer from asthma or allergies? When you have pests in your home such as cockroaches, dust mites, and rodents, your symptoms may worsen. With May being Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, we at Pioneer Pest Management thought it would be a great time to offer some tips to help eliminate asthma and allergy triggers caused by pests.
Which Pests Cause Allergies?
Below is a list of pests that can exacerbate your allergy and asthma symptoms.
Cockroaches are some of the most common household pests here in the United States and they’re also some of the most disgusting. While they’re known to carry potentially harmful bacteria and diseases, their waste, saliva, and decomposing body parts have allergens that can aggravate symptoms of those who have asthma or allergies.
Rodents, like mice and rats, are another disgusting household pest. They can damage your home and belongings, contaminate your food, and be vectors for various diseases and bacteria. And just how a person can be allergic to a cat or a dog, they can also be allergic to rodents. Allergens from rodents are typically caused by their urine, saliva, waste, hair, and dander.
Dust mites are microscopic arthropods that live in carpets, furniture, bedding, and anywhere else there is a high volume of dead skin cells because that’s what they feed on. While dust mites don’t actually bite you, they can cause you to suffer a skin rash. Like rodents and cockroaches, dust mites can also leave behind fecal matter and skin that can worsen symptoms.
Tips to Help Eliminate Allergy-Causing Pests
In addition to regular visits with your physician and taking your prescribed medications, it’s also important to take preventative measures against allergy and asthma triggers, like pests. Below are some actions you can take to help prevent unwanted pests from entering your home.
- Keep your home, especially your kitchen meticulously clean
- Pick up crumbs immediately
- Vacuum regularly if you have carpets
- Wash beddings and rugs in hot soapy water
- Store food in airtight containers
- Avoid leaving pet food out, including outside as this attracts pests to your property
- Keep trash in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly, ensuring your outdoor receptacles are sealed tightly as well
- Ensure your crawl space and basement is dry and well ventilated
- Eliminate sources of standing water
- Seal holes and cracks around your home, including around your foundation, windows, doors, and where utilities and pipes enter
If you’re suffering from asthma or allergies and have a pest problem, contact your local pest control company immediately. They’ll inspect your home and recommend the best course of action moving forward.