Do You Have Spring Allergies? Think Again! Your Symptoms May Be the Result of a Pest Infestation
PUBLISHED ON April 15th, 2014
Spring is allergy season. Dust and pollen, however, aren’t the only things that cause runny noses, breathing problems and itchy eyes. Residential pest control experts share that indoor pests like rodents and cockroaches may be the culprits behind your allergy or asthma symptoms. Preventing and controlling such pests is a medication-free way to manage the seemingly seasonal ailments.
Pests that Cause Allergic Reactions and Asthma Symptoms
- Rodents: Mice and rats are carriers of allergens and numerous dangerous diseases. Signs that you need rodent pest control services in a home include seeing droppings, piles of crumbs near areas where you keep food and gnawed cardboard boxes and electrical wiring.
- Dust mites: Dust mites are microscope. They feed off dead skin cells and tend to live in curtains, carpeting and beds. Dust mite feces can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. You may have dust mites if you or a family member develops such symptoms in bed, while in a certain area of a room or while sitting on the carpet.
- Cockroaches: One out of every five children in the U.S. is sensitive to the allergens that cockroaches carry in their saliva and feces. Signs that of a cockroach infestation include seeing shed exoskeletons or feces, which resemble black pepper or ground coffee.
Rodent and Cockroach Pest Control Tips
Prevent roach and rodent infestations by keeping your home clean:
- Regularly clean the kitchen and avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink.
- Dust and vacuum often.
- Wash linens often.
- Take out the trash, especially if it contains food waste.
- Store food in strong sealed and lidded containers.
- Ensure proper ventilation.
- Seal interior and exterior cracks in walls.
- Mend tears or breaks in window and vent screens.
Partner with a residential pest control specialist like Eden Pest for an inspection and personalized tips. Call them ASAP if you think you’re dealing with an infestation.
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