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How Common Pests Affect Allergies

Apr 8, 2020 -- Posted by : Thomas Pest Control

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Sneezing, watery eyes, sore throat, respiratory issues—it must be the spring season bringing in all that pollen in the air—or is it? Many people suffer from allergy problems in the spring, and, yes, pollen levels can be to blame. However, there can be sneaky, creepy allergens hanging out right inside your home with you due to a pest problem. 


Many people are allergic to specific animals like dogs or cats. However, what many people do not know is that rodents, such as mice and rats, can also trigger an allergic reaction. These small animals often make their way into the home, and their droppings and urine can contain small protein particles that are specifically linked to serious allergic reactions in some people. What's even more surprising is just how many homes can have rodent allergens present. In a study of over 800 homes, 82 percent of them actually had detectable levels of allergens associated with mice. 


Multiple types of cockroaches have been found to produce allergens that some humans are sensitive to and can have an allergic reaction. Specifically, German cockroaches and American cockroaches have been closely studied because of their common cohabitation with humans in human dwellings. Both types of cockroaches actually release multiple types of allergens. Some people are sensitive to their fecal droppings, some people are sensitive to proteins released from dead carcasses, and some people are sensitive to the cockroach saliva. 


Technically, cockroaches and termites are basically cousins in the insect world. Therefore, they can both have similarly related allergens that can cause an issue due to the proteins they release. However, termites can also cause issues with allergies because the large nests they build can release small particles into the air that may cause respiratory issues. 

Stinging Insects 

Certain stinging insects can also cause an allergic reaction, specifically if you end up getting stung. Wasps, bees, and even fire ants can be related to severe allergic reactions, especially in children who may not have the most advanced immune system. 


What You Can Do to Deter Allergy Issues Due to Pests

• Clean floors and hard surfaces on a regular basis to eliminate droppings and particles 
• Make sure your home is properly protected from pests by sealing holes and access points
• Use sealed containers for safe-keeping of all food items 
• Make sure the basement is ventilated and your crawl space is kept dry 
• Talk to your doctor about an epinephrine kit if you are allergic to stinging insects 
• Work with a professional to both eradicate pests from your home and to clean up any residue they've left behind


Work with a Pest Control Company to Thwart Pests and Allergy Problems 

Springtime allergies can easily be radiating from things beyond your control, but allergies related to pests are something that can be counteracted with proactive measures. If you suspect you have a pest problem that's contributing to your allergies, reach out to Thomas Pest Control in Charlotte, NC for expert advice.



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