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Allergies & Asthma Can Be Caused by Pests?

Spring offers warmer temperatures and blossoming flowers; nonetheless, it’s tough for over 100 million Americans with allergies and asthma. Pollen in the air can worsen allergies and asthma, causing more discomfort. That’s why April is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, recognized by the American Asthma and Allergy Foundation.

This event wants to make more people aware of allergies and asthma. It teaches people how to manage these conditions better and asks for rules that make places healthier for everyone. With more people knowing and helping, we can improve life for those with allergies and asthma and build communities that care about everyone’s breathing health.

While it’s commonly understood that cockroaches and rodents carry germs, many may not realize the extent of the danger they pose. These pests can present substantial, potentially life-threatening risks to humans. Visit for more details.

Cockroach allergens are found in 63% of American households, primarily introduced through cockroach saliva, droppings, or shed exoskeletons during molting.

  • Cockroach saliva, droppings, decomposing carcasses, and shed skins contain proteins that induce allergies and worsen asthma symptoms.

  • Cockroach infestations can prompt allergic reactions and exacerbate asthmatic symptoms in children.

  • One in every five children in the United States is allergic to cockroaches.

  • Cockroaches are known to spread 33 distinct types of bacteria.

  • The National Pest Management Association says cockroaches can spread germs like Salmonella and E. coli, six parasitic worms, and over seven human diseases.

  • Stinging insects like yellowjackets, wasps, bees, and fire ants can cause severe reactions in people allergic to their sting. Symptoms can include itching, hives, trouble breathing, and, in extreme cases, anaphylaxis—a dangerous allergic reaction that needs immediate treatment.

Preventing Pest-Related Allergies

Implementing measures to minimize exposure to insect allergens is crucial to reduce the risk of pest-related allergies. Poway Pest Control Company offers the following recommendations:

  • Seal gaps or fissures in walls and floors. Foundations to prevent insect entry.

  • Keep food stored in tightly sealed containers to deter pests.

  • Regularly clean and vacuum living spaces to remove allergens and insect debris.

  • Cover mattresses and pillows with allergen-proof coverings. Mitigate exposure during sleep.

Maintain a clean living environment by regularly tidying your residence to remove allergens. Vacuum carpets, rugs, and upholstery frequently to eliminate dust, pet dander, and debris from insects.

To eradicate dust mites and alleviate allergies, launder. Wash your bedding, curtains, and stuffed animals regularly using hot water. Additionally, ensure to bathe your pets and clean their bedding regularly to reduce pet dander, a common allergy trigger.

Seal potential entry points for pests. Conduct a complete inspection of your property. Find gaps, cracks, or holes through which pests could enter. Seal these gaps to prevent pests from entering your house and to minimize exposure to allergens.

Control moisture levels effectively. Maintain a dry and well-ventilated home environment to deter pests such as dust mites and cockroaches. Employ dehumidifiers in areas susceptible to excess moisture, such as crawlspaces or bathrooms, to mitigate pest attraction and proliferation.

Cover the cushions, mattresses, and box springs with allergen-resistant encasements to inhibit the proliferation of dust mites and mitigate allergic reactions.

Maintain a clutter-free home environment to minimize hiding places for pests and areas for dust accumulation. Keeping your living space clean and organized reduces the buildup of allergens.

Dispose of waste promptly and ensure that your trash cans are equipped with tight-fitting lids to deter pests like cockroaches from being attracted to your property.

Trimming shrubs and trees away from your home can maintain the overall appearance of your yard. Additionally, eliminate any standing water and potential food sources to discourage pests.

Poway Pest Control Company suggests that if you think you have insect allergies, you should see a doctor. Doctors can diagnose allergies accurately, give you advice specific to you, and suggest different treatments to help with your symptoms. Getting medical help means you can manage your insect allergies well and stay healthy.

If your pest issues or allergies persist, don’t hesitate to contact California’s trusted and friendly pest control professionals at (619) 333-8975 or visit our website for more information and assistance.

We can evaluate the situation and offer customized pest control solutions to address your needs effectively.

Poway Pest Control Company values your collaboration in keeping pests at bay in your home and yard. Thank you, and we look forward to assisting you again in the future.

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We have a broad range of pest services to fit your needs. We are a full-service pest control company specializing in today’s pest problems.

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