Roaches and Dust Mites Could be Reason for Allergies this Season
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), more than 50 million people suffer from seasonal allergies.
And, spring is considered to be one of the toughest times of year for allergy sufferers. But what people may not realize is that household pests could be the cause of their allergies.
During warm months, pollen and mold are to blame for the bulk of allergy symptoms, but indoor triggers can cause additional stress on those with allergies. Dust mites, dander, and cockroaches are all indoor triggers. In fact, about 20 million Americans suffer from dust mite allergies. Here are some things you should know about dust mites:
- House dust mites feed on dander from humans and animals.
- Populations can explode during humid months as mites are excellent at absorbing moisture from the air.
- The most common place to find dust mites is in a bed, due to the large build-up of dander.
- Allergic reactions are caused by dust mite castes and skins. These reactions will not occur as rashes, but rather a respiratory constriction, a common symptom of asthma. Itchy, watery eyes may also be symptoms.
It’s natural in the springtime to have concerns about pests that can impact health, from mosquitoes that can carry Zika and West Nile viruses, to ticks that can transmit Lyme disease, and more. But what about pests that trigger those allergy and asthma symptoms that commonly arise this time of year? In addition to dust mites, cockroaches could be to blame for sneezing, itchy eyes and runny noses.
- Cockroaches are known to cause allergy symptoms, especially in children, through the allergens found in their saliva and droppings.
- These pests love warm, moist areas.
- The spring is an ideal time for homeowners to take the time to cockroach-proof their homes and, in turn, help reduce potential household allergy triggers for themselves and their families.
What You Can Do at Home
Homeowners should take note of the following dust mite and cockroach prevention tips from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) this spring:
- Keep the home, especially the kitchen and bathrooms, free of crumbs and debris.
- Disinfect counters and food surfaces.
- Do not let dirty dishes pile up in the sink. Food leftovers attract cockroaches.
- Take out trash frequently, and store it in a sealed receptacle.
- Transfer open boxed food items from cardboard into sturdy, sealed containers.
- Throw away foods that have passed their expiration dates.
- Keep pet food in a sealed container and wash pet bowls frequently.
- Vacuum at least once a week using a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
- Dust hard surfaces frequently with a dust rag or damp cloth.
- Maintain the humidity level in the house at about 50 percent by properly ventilating basements and crawl spaces. Consider running a dehumidifier in these areas to prevent moisture buildup.
- Clean or replace air filters each month.
- Encase pillows and mattresses in allergen-proof covers to control dust mites. Avoid down pillows or comforters.
- Wash blankets, throw rugs and bedding in hot water, preferably at 130 degrees F, or take them to be dry-cleaned.
- As a good rule of thumb, be sure to keep homes as clean as possible since cockroaches love unclean environments.
If these pests do find their way into the home, controlling them is best left to the professionals who can properly treat the problem. If you suspect you have a cockroach problem, you need the help of experienced pest control technicians.
Call in the Pros to Get Rid of Pests for Good!
If you find that you are having a problem with cockroaches, or other insects, rodents, termites, or other pests and need an exterminator, call Alexandria Pest Services at 703-923-0925 to schedule a professional evaluation. We can help you get rid of these invaders in your home or office! Contact us today to learn more.