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Are Pests Making My Allergies Worse?

Springtime marks the peak of allergy season, but it’s not the end of the season by any means. While things like pollen, really aggravate people with allergies, there are other factors that can make allergies even worse and even make them last all year long.

One of those factors is pests living within your home. The best way to eliminate this factor is obviously hiring a pest control team. While pest control cannot cure your allergies altogether, it can limit the effects of at least one avenue of allergens.

According to research, more than 80% of homes in America suffer from pest problems every year, which means tens of millions of Americans are exposed to and affected by pest allergens.

Common Allergy Symptoms

Are you unsure of whether you have allergies? Here are some of the most common allergy symptoms:

  • Skin rashes, itching, or hives

  • Dizziness and/or lightheadedness

  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat

  • Shortness of breath, trouble breathing, or wheezing

  • Stomach pain, vomiting, bloating, or diarrhea

Remember though, everyone experiences allergies differently, and the best way to know for sure is by consulting your doctor. They can provide certain testing that will pinpoint your exact allergen sensitivities.

If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, be on the lookout for these common pests that may be triggering your indoor allergy symptoms.

Mice, Rats and Other Rodents

While no one wants to see a mouse or rat scurrying through their home, that displeasure grows when you realize it could be the cause of your allergies! Even worse, they can carry diseases and cause damage to your home.

As they run throughout your home, they leave behind droppings, urine, and salvia which impact your allergies when you come in contact with them.

Common symptoms caused by rat allergies include:

  • Itchy skin

  • Eczema

  • Nausea

  • Stuffy or runny nose

Rodent allergens affect people of all ages from little kids to the elderly so make sure to protect all of your household residents with rodent removal.

Dust Mites

Another common contributor to your indoor allergies is dust mites. While they are small in size, they have a big impact on your health and comfort. Millions of Americans are allergic to them and their presence can lead to watery eyes, runny noses, and constant coughing.

Duct mites thrive in your home because their food source is made up mostly of dead skin, and they are most comfortable in temperatures ranging from 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cockroaches

Possibly even creepier than a scurrying rat is a creepy-crawly roach. Roaches are one of the most adaptable animals making their homes in a variety of temperatures and environments, so you can bet your home is perfect for them.

Their favorite environment is one with warmth, darkness, moisture, and food. Their gross presence is heightened by the diseases they carry including the plague, dysentery, and gastroenteritis.

They infect people with the trails of roach dust they leave in their wake which includes shedding skin, saliva, and feces.

According to the National Pest Management Association, nearly 63 percent of homes in the United States contain cockroach allergens, and in urban areas, it can be even higher, between 78 percent and 98 percent.

Eliminating Pest Allergies

These pests will impact your allergies as well as your home’s indoor air quality, exacerbating already present symptoms in those with asthma and other allergies or respiratory conditions. Take care of yourself and your home with pest control.

To learn more about how we can eliminate these allergens, contact our team today for more information!

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