Pests That Trigger Allergies & Asthma

March 20, 2019, marks the first official day of spring—which brings with it spring allergies. While most of us are familiar with allergy and asthma triggers such as pollen, molds, and pet dander, other sources of common allergens may also be present in our homes; for example, cockroaches. Certain kinds of stinging insects like wasps, hornets, and bees can induce life-threatening allergic reactions.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Federation of America (AAFA), cockroach allergies are common triggers of year-round symptoms due to specific proteins found in their body parts, waste, and saliva. Even dead cockroaches can cause some individuals to react.

Symptoms of Cockroach Allergies:

  • Runny/stuffy nose and sneezing
  • Watery, red, or itchy eyes
  • Coughing
  • Skin rashes
  • Itchy throat, mouth, or nose

Symptoms of Asthma-Induced Cockroach Allergies:

  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • A wheezing or whistling sound when exhaling
  • Interrupted sleep due to coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath

Reducing the Threat of Allergens:

Taking measures in and around your home, including having your home treated by pest control professionals can help reduce the threat of allergens. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and West Termite, Pest, and Lawn recommend that homeowners take these following measures:

  • In the kitchen: Keep kitchen floors and countertops free of crumbs and spills. Store food in tightly sealed containers and check cabinets and crevices around appliances for crumbs. Regularly dispose of garbage. Check paper and cardboard food containers for signs of bugs.
  • Throughout the home’s interior: Check for water sources that attract cockroaches and other pests, including plumbing leaks and drippy faucets. Wipe sinks dry at the end of the day and check under sink cabinets for moisture. Don’t forget food and water bowls for pets: Empty and dry them each night.
  • Outdoors: Regularly check your home’s exterior for cracks and holes around entry points (doors and windows) and where pipes or other utilities connect to your home. Make sure outdoor garbage cans are tightly sealed.

How West Termite, Pest, and Lawn Can Help:

Our technicians can take care of any immediate pest problems you see and provide recurring services that prevent pests from making a comeback. We use the most effective, environmentally friendly products on the market to get you optimal results. Learn more about our services!