While most people with allergies in Zanesville, OH, may be experiencing seasonal flu at this time of the year, there may be another underlying cause behind all the coughing and sneezing; the pests lurking around your home can cause asthmatic and allergic reactions.
Pests as Asthma Triggers:
Around 25 million Americans have asthma, out of which six million individuals are children under the age of 18. If you’ve noticed your child having trouble breathing recently with worsened asthma symptoms, you may want to get your house checked for pests.
Some common household pests like rodents and bugs can exacerbate asthma and allergy symptoms and contribute to asthma attacks.
Common Pests Found In Homes:
Not only are cockroaches unpleasant to look at, but they are also the top cause of asthma in kids. Cockroaches can shed their skins and leave their feces for children to find. Dead cockroach bodies also turn into dust. All of these allergens can trigger asthma attacks, cause wheezing, itchy throat, nose, and skin, and difficulty sleeping.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, at least 78% of urban homes have cockroaches.
Mice and rats prefer to dwell in damp, abandoned places, which means they’ll be able to sneak around the house undetected for a long time, worsening your allergies.
Whether these rodents will affect your allergies depends on if you are allergic to mice, but rodents can also shed hair and create waste products that can cause asthmatic patients to have asthma attacks when they breathe them in.
Stinging insects can cause allergies and induce symptoms ranging from itching and hives to shortness of breath and fatal allergic reactions. The allergic reactions are caused by the allergens in the venom that a stinging insect spreads.
Some of the worst stinging insects to look out for include yellow jackets, hornets, paper wasps, and honey bees.
Dust mites are commonly found in the home and fall in a close category as ticks and spiders. They can’t be seen without a microscope, which makes them even more dangerous.
Dust mites feed on the skin cells shed by humans and live in humid, warm environments such as carpets, pillows, bedding, and upholstered furniture. The waste products left by these pests can create congestion, cause coughs, itchy and watery eyes, a runny nose, and facial pressure.
If you suspect these or other pests infest your home, call Xterminator immediately to control them. Make sure to take preventive actions such as keeping food containers sealed, and surfaces dry and ventilated. In case of a more serious situation, contact us immediately.