As the weather warms up each spring, the concentration of tree pollen and mold spores increases in indoor and outdoor air, triggering seasonal allergies (or hay “fever”) in millions of Americans. Warmer temperatures also bring an increase in something else most people are familiar with: pests. What many people don’t know is that pests can trigger several types of allergic reactions and aggravate asthma.
Which Types of Pests Can Trigger Allergies?
- Mice, rats, and other rodents. If you are allergic to one or more rodents, you may be sensitive to their dander, saliva, urine, or droppings and suffer from rashes, coughing, congestion, watery eyes, and more. Unfortunately, these allergens are fairly common. A nationwide survey of 800 urban and non-urban homes revealed that 82% of the homes contained detectable levels of mouse allergens. The heaviest concentrations of those allergens were on kitchen floors, beds, and bedroom floors!
- Blood-sucking insects. To add insult to injury, a bite from a mosquito, tick, or flea can trigger allergic symptoms while also being itchy and painful. Skeeter syndrome is the term applied to a significant reaction to a mosquito bite. Those who experience skeeter syndrome will develop much larger bites than the average person, and they might also develop a fever.
- Stinging insects. Stings from bees or wasps can be extremely dangerous and even fatal to those who are allergic, so the situation should always be treated as a medical emergency. The venom from the first sting causes an allergic person’s body to produce antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). If the same type of insect stings that person again, the IgE antibodies will set off the chain reaction that causes allergic symptoms. Those symptoms could be hives, swelling in the tongue or throat, dizziness, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, or trouble breathing. In a small number of individuals, this severe reaction (anaphylaxis) can cause shock and loss of consciousness.
- Other common household pests. The two most common allergy-triggering household pests are cockroaches and dust mites. Dust mite and cockroach waste, saliva, and discarded skins can cause symptoms that you might mistake for seasonal allergies, like wheezing, coughing, and congestion. Other symptoms can be much more severe, like difficulty breathing.
How Can I Reduce Pest Allergens in My Home?
The best way to prevent and control pest problems is by keeping your home clean and involving a pest control company that can provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan. At Greenix Pest Control, we use a trusted, 5-step method that provides our customers with year-round protection. Not only is it effective, but it’s also safe for families with small children and pets.
Let our pest control experts bring security and peace of mind back to your home. Call us today at (888) 800-7181 or contact us online.