Do Pests Trigger Springtime Allergies?
In New Mexico, allergies are a fact of life in the springtime. But are they solely caused by the weather and blooming trees? Pests are actually a leading contributor to allergy problems, especially in children. If you’re dealing with a pest infestation, chances are your springtime allergies are going to be exacerbated! With May being National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, all of us here at New Mexico Pest Control are here to shine light on the dangers of allergies exacerbated by pests. Pest allergens are a result of certain types of pests in your home, making it important to know how to avoid them at all costs.
What Types of Pests Trigger Allergies?
With the weather warming up in the Santa Fe area, it makes sense that people blame their allergies on the changing of the seasons. However, pest allergens could be exacerbating your symptoms. Dust mites are commonly associated with allergies. In addition, cockroaches are proven to trigger allergies and asthma, particularly in children. This happens when their droppings, saliva, or skins are in the environment. Stinging insects are another common trigger, as many people get allergic reactions to being stung.
It’s important to always call 911 or receive immediate medical attention if you have a severe allergic reaction, including swelling of the throat, wheezing, dizziness, or shortness of breath.
Preventing Allergies from Pests
It’s crucial to reduce the amount of allergens in your property. Basic pest prevention tips can go a long way to protect you and your family from pest-triggered allergies:
- Seal cracks and holes in your property, including entry points for utilities and pipes, screen doors, and windows.
- Store food in sealed containers and clean kitchens on a daily basis.
- Dispose of garbage regularly and use a tight-fitting lid.
- 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!
How to Get Rid of Allergy-Causing Pests
To avoid dealing with pest allergens, the answer is to prevent pests altogether! Pests can bring many dangers into your home or business, allergies included. If you’ve done all you can to prevent roaches and other pests, it’s best to give your local exterminator a call. Our team is committed to protecting you and your family from the many dangers of pests (including pest allergens) all year long!