Page Header Image

Are Your Allergies Triggered by Pests In Your Home?

As the peak month of the year for sufferers of allergies and asthma, May has aptly been declared National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. There’s no cure for asthma, which affects over 24 million people nationwide, or for allergies, which affect over 50 million Americans. If you’re affected by pest-related asthma and allergies, however, there are prevention measures you can take this spring to keep your suffering to a minimum.

Preventing Cockroach-related Asthma and Allergies

Cockroaches are the worst culprits when it comes to triggering asthma and allergies in people, especially children. Their droppings, saliva, and dead skin contain potent allergens. If you’re aware of a cockroach problem in your home, call in a pest control expert immediately. You can prevent future infestations by storing food in tightly-sealed containers, disposing of garbage nightly, sweeping kitchen floors regularly,and wiping down your counters. Also keep an eye out for any areas that could accumulate moisture in your home, like crawl spaces and basements.

Preventing Asthma and Allergies Caused by Dust Mites

Dust mites are tiny bugs found in softer areas of your home like furniture, bedding, curtains, and carpet. They’re the next most common allergy-causing pest out there, but infestations are preventable. If your home has clutter, it’s time for a pest-prevention spring cleaning project to rob dust mites of potential hiding spots. Vacuum at least once a week with an allergen-proof vacuum bag. Cover pillows and mattresses with allergy-proof covers, and wash your bedding regularly in scalding hot water.

Preventing Allergies Caused by Stinging Insects

Getting stung by an insect is unpleasant for anyone, but for those whose immune systems overreact to the venom, the repercussions can be severe. Stinging insects include yellow jackets, wasps, hornets, fire ants, and bees. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can be as minor as a few hives or as serious as anaphylaxis and loss of consciousness. If you notice a hive or nest on your property, it’s a good idea to contact a pest control expert to eradicate the problem. If you do get stung and experience a severe reaction, get emergency medical treatment immediately.

Get your Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month off to a great start by contacting Green Pest Services. We’ll scan your Bethesda home for allergen-causing pests and take care of the problem before you buy one more box of tissues. Contact us today.