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04.6 - can pests cause allergies or asthma

Allergies & Asthma Can Be Caused by Pests?

The spring season is tough for the more than 100 million Americans who suffer from allergies and asthma. Consequently, May has been designated May has been April is designated as National. The American Asthma and Allergy Foundation has declared April Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.

Poway CA, your neighborhood pest, mosquito, and termite control – and grounds care – specialist, is assisting by teaching our clients about pests like cockroaches, dust mites, and rodents, which may aggravate asthma and allergy problems in their homes. We also provide some precautionary measures.

Everyone knows that cockroaches and rodents are dirty and filled with germs. However, you may be unaware that they may pose significant, even life-threatening threats to people. 

Cockroach allergens are detected in 63% of American homes, most of which are introduced by cockroach saliva, droppings, or exoskeletons shed during molting.

  • Cockroach saliva, droppings, and decomposing carcasses and shed skins contain proteins known to trigger allergies and exacerbate asthma symptoms.

Cockroach infestations may trigger allergic and asthmatic symptoms in children. 

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

33 distinct types of bacteria are known to spread via cockroaches.

  • According to the National Pest Management Association, germs, including Salmonella and E. coli, as well as six parasitic worms and over seven different human diseases.
  • Yellowjackets, wasps, bees, and fire ants, among other stinging insects, may cause severe reactions in those whose immune systems react to the venom. Symptoms include itching, hives, shortness of breath, and even anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal severe allergic reaction.


To minimize pest-related allergies, you may take steps to decrease your exposure to allergens produced by bugs. Poway Pest Control Company recommends the following precautions:

Keep your living space clean. Clean your residence regularly to eliminate any allergens. Vacuum carpets, rugs, and upholstery regularly to remove dust, pet dander, and bug debris.

To destroy dust mites and eliminate allergies wash your bedding, curtains, and stuffed animals in hot water regularly. Clean your pets and their beds regularly to eliminate pet dander, a frequent allergy trigger.

Seal pest entry points. Inspect your home for any gaps, cracks, or holes that pests may enter through. Seal these entrance points to keep pests out of your house and reduce allergy exposure.

Remove excess moisture. Keep your home dry and well-ventilated to keep pests like dust mites and cockroaches at bay. Dehumidifiers should be used in areas prone to excess water, such as crawlspaces or restrooms.

Encase your pillows, mattresses, and box springs with allergen-proof coverings to prevent dust mites from proliferating and causing allergies.

Keep your home as clutter-free as possible since clutter provides hiding places for pests and locations for dust to gather. Maintaining a clean and organized atmosphere helps to reduce allergy buildup.

Remove waste as quickly as possible, and make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids to prevent attracting pests such as cockroaches.

Pruning shrubs and trees away from home can help keep your yard in excellent shape. Remove any standing water and other potential food sources.

Poway Pest Control Company recommends contacting a medical specialist if you suspect you have insect allergies. They can provide you with an accurate diagnosis, advice, and allergy treatment alternatives.

If your pest problem or allergies persist, please get in touch with California’s trusted, friendly pest control professional at (619) 333-8975 or visit our website.

We can assess the situation and provide effective pest control solutions tailored to your needs.

Poway Pest Control Company appreciates your help in keeping pests out of your home and yard until the next time.

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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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