So many of us struggle with seasonal allergies throughout the entire year around Dayton. What a lot of us don’t realize is that indoor pests could actually be contributing to our allergy symptoms, including runny noses, itchy eyes, and coughing. Our increased time at home in the winter months means it’s important we keep our homes pest-free. Living with certain pests like rodents, cockroaches, and dust mites can negatively impact the health of you and your family (and even your pets). This is especially true if anyone in your household already suffers from regular allergies or asthma. Here is more information about how pests can trigger your allergy symptoms and what you can do as a homeowner to prevent them.
Certain proteins found in cockroach feces, saliva, and their body parts can cause allergic reactions or trigger asthma symptoms, especially in people who have compromised immune systems and children. To prevent a cockroach infestation, it’s important to be diligent when it comes to exterior home maintenance. Leaky pipes should be repaired immediately to prevent a water source for roaches. Crumbs and kitchen spills should be cleaned immediately to avoid creating a roach buffet in your home.
Droppings and dander from rodents like mice and rats can also trigger allergy symptoms. As with cockroaches, you should look around your home and seal up gaps and cracks that allow rodents to enter your house during the fall and winter months. Pay special attention to where your outdoor based utilities enter into your home as those create easy paths for rodents to follow inside.
About 50-80% of asthmatics show more severe symptoms when they live amongst dust mites in their homes. Dust mites shed their skins and droppings, which can be severe allergens that cause respiratory problems. To combat this, it’s important to vacuum your home at least once a week and regularly clean and change your bedding, which will help reduce these triggers.
For more information about protecting your home and family from unwanted pests, contact go2-pros extermination.