Springtime in Washington is one of the most beautiful times of the entire year. Unfortunately, it’s also the time of year when residents suffer from bad allergies. Runny nose, itchy eyes, the symptoms go on and on. But is it only the blooming trees and weather causing your allergies? There’s a chance pests are triggering your springtime allergies. Pest allergens in the home can be dangerous for you and your family, making it important to learn how to prevent pests in your home in the first place.
Here at Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt Pest, we’ve gathered info on how to stay protected against pest allergens into our latest blog post.
Allergies Caused by Pests
Pest infestations can be hazardous for a number of reasons, including allergies! Cockroaches are one of the biggest contributors to allergies, especially in children. Roach droppings, saliva, shed skins, and other parts contain allergen proteins that cause allergic reactions and can exacerbate asthma as well. Other pests tied to allergies include stinging insects–yellow jackets, fire ants, wasps, and more. Stings can trigger a wide range of reactions in people, from itching and hives to more serious symptoms.
**If you experience severe symptoms of an allergic reaction such as swelling, wheezing, dizziness, or trouble breathing, call 911 or get medical attention immediately!
Keeping Pests & Allergens Outside
Thankfully, you can avoid pest allergens making your symptoms worse in springtime by learning how to keep pests out of your home in the first place. Some basic measures to take to keep pests away include:
- 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 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 frequently.
- Keep pet food sealed in a tight container and wash food bowls.
What to Do About Pests Triggering Allergies
Pests can cause a hazardous environment in your property in many ways. The allergens they create can be particularly dangerous for your children, which is why it’s crucial to avoid pests at all costs. If you’re having trouble keeping your home protected from pests, give the team at Western Exterminator a call today.