Spring in the Henrico and Richmond areas is something to look forward to each year. What most people don’t look forward to is the onslaught of seasonal allergies! Blooming trees and changing weather certainly plays a role in springtime allergies, but is there more to it? As strange as it seems, research has proven that certain pests can trigger allergies and asthma symptoms, particularly in children. With May being Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month, all of us here at Loyal Termite & Pest Control want to spread the word about pest allergens! Thankfully, you can prevent pest allergens by preventing pests in your home altogether. Keep reading to learn more on how you can protect your family against pest-triggered seasonal allergies.
How to Prevent Pest Problems & Allergens
The key to keeping pest allergens out of your home is keeping pests out in the first place! Basic pest prevention methods can go a long way to protect your home against the many dangers of pests. Our top tips are to:
- Keep your basements and crawl spaces well-ventilated and dry!
- Wash blankets, rugs, and bedding in hot water or get them dry-cleaned.
- Vacuum and dust your property on a regular basis.
- Store food in sealed containers and clean kitchens on a daily basis.
- Dispose of garbage regularly and use a tight-fitting lid.
- Seal cracks and holes in homes, including entry points for utilities and pipes, screen doors, and windows.
- Keep pet food sealed in a tight container and wash food bowls.
The Facts About Pest Allergens
A pest infestation can cause a lot of frustration. What people don’t know is that certain pests can trigger allergies, especially in children. The two main culprits are cockroaches and dust mites. Roach droppings, saliva, shed skins, and other parts contain allergy proteins. If you have a cockroach problem in your property, these pest allergens can be dangerous for your family. Other insects that infamously are tied to allergic reactions are of course stinging insects, including yellow jackets and wasps. Their sting can trigger an allergic reaction for some people. These symptoms are usually different than your typical seasonal allergy flare-up. In any case, it’s extremely important to seek medical attention should you experience more severe symptoms of an allergic response, from swelling and wheezing to dizziness or difficulty breathing.
How Loyal Can Help Prevent Pest Problems
Seasonal allergies are bad enough as is. A pest problem in your home, particularly with roaches, can make them even worse. If you’ve done all you can to keep pests out and are still dealing with infestations, contact the team at Loyal. Our experts are committed to protecting our customers from the dangers of pests–including allergies–all year long!