Springtime in Virginia is something everyone looks forward to each year. Unfortunately, it’s also the time of year when millions of people suffer from bad allergy symptoms. From a runny nose to itchy eyes, seasonal allergies are dreaded by all. But what if it’s more than the blooming trees and changing weather causing your symptoms? There’s a chance that certain pests are triggering your allergies. With May being National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month, it’s important to learn about pest allergens in your home. Allergens created by the presence of pests can be dangerous for your family, making it crucial to learn how to prevent pests in your home in the first place! The team at Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s has gathered info on how to stay protected against pest allergens in our latest blog post–keep reading to learn more!
Are Pest Allergens Dangerous?
Pest problems can be hazardous for a number of reasons, allergies included. Cockroaches in particular can trigger allergies and asthma, especially in children. Roach droppings, saliva, shed skins, and other parts contain allergy proteins. If you have a cockroach problem in your property, these pest allergens can be dangerous for your family. Other pests tied to allergies include stinging insects–yellow jackets, fire ants, wasps, and more. Stings can trigger a wide range of reactions in people, from itching and hives to more serious symptoms.
**If you experience severe symptoms of an allergic reaction such as swelling, wheezing, dizziness, or trouble breathing, call 911 or get medical attention immediately!
9 Ways to Prevent Pests & Allergens
The good news is that the key to preventing pest allergens is to prevent pests altogether. Simple pest prevention tactics can effectively reduce the chances of getting pest allergens in your home. Our top tips for avoiding pests and their allergens include:
- Storing all food in airtight containers
- Cleaning your kitchen on a daily basis or after mealtimes
- Disposing of garbage regularly and using a tight-fitting trash can lid
- Sealing cracks and holes in the home
- Sealing entry points for pipes, and placing screens over doors and windows
- Ensuring your basement and crawl space are well-ventilated and dry
- Washing your blankets, rugs, and bedding in hot water
- Vacuuming and dusting your property frequently
- Keeping pet food sealed, cleaning up after pet messes, and washing food bowls
What to Do About Pest-Triggered Allergies
Allergies this time of year are already bad enough–you don’t want a pest problem making them any worse! If you’ve done all you can to prevent pests and pest allergens in your home but still are having issues, it’s time to call the experts at Ehrlich. Our team is committed to keeping our customers safe from the many dangers of pests–allergies included.