Most people have misconceptions about fall allergies. While ragweed and pollen are the biggest fall allergy triggers, there is another allergy and asthma trigger that is harder to escape from because it is present right in our homes – household pests.
We often overlook household pest allergy and asthma symptoms because they have many of the same symptoms and outdoor allergies: red eyes, itchy nose, sneezing, congestion, and shortness of breath. However, removing them can bring relief indoors as well as make the home more sanitary overall.
Allergy- and Asthma-Causing Household Pests
Termites, cockroaches, and rodents are the main culprits of allergies in the home. Most people don’t think to look inside the home to find the cause of their allergic reactions. As Dr. Janna Tuck, Fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) states: “Those who have multiple triggers may not be able to distinguish between what’s causing their symptoms. They just know they’re congested with red eyes and an itchy nose.”
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports that 63% of American homes contain allergens from cockroaches. That number grows to as high as 98% in urban and high population areas. Cockroaches carry bacteria with them throughout a home and leave behind a lot of waste. This, as well as the shedding of body parts that they leave behind, are serious triggers for asthma.
Most people think termites only damage homes. However, those living in homes with a termite infestation may also suffer from allergic reactions and asthma where heating or ventilation systems can spread the irritating particles and dust from termite nests. Some people can be allergic to termite droppings as well.
Having rodents in one’s home is always disturbing, as it’s common knowledge that rodents carry many harmful diseases. Allergies and asthma can develop from the dander, saliva, or concentrated proteins present in the urine of mice and rats.
Pest Control for Allergy Control
Unfortunately, allergies and asthma caused by household pests will pose year-round symptoms. Calling a pest control specialist such as Ecola is the only way to ensure complete eradication of these pests. Whether you need termite control or rodent and cockroach eradication, Ecola has family-friendly solutions appropriate for households with health issues. Get on the road to allergy and asthma recovery today by calling 1 (800) 332-BUGS (2847).