Many people who experience the repercussions of suffering from allergies, like itchy eyes and a running nose, often attribute these unpleasant symptoms to culprits in the great outdoors. However, common household pests including rodents, cockroaches and dust mites have also been documented as triggers of allergy and asthma symptoms, especially in children. To learn about how you can fight indoor allergens from pests like cockroaches, browse the list of tips below:
Keep a Clean Kitchen
Cockroach saliva, droppings and decomposing body parts contain allergens that can exacerbate the symptoms of allergy sufferers. To cut off cockroach food sources, keep a meticulously clean kitchen, store food in airtight containers and avoid leaving out pet food.
Bring Out the Vacuum
About 20 million Americans have a dust mite allergy. These pests feed on human and animal dander, and vacuuming at least once a week using a machine with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate) filter can help to prevent them.
Dust mites are most frequently found in the bed, where dander is most abundant. Launder linens frequently in hot water, preferably heated to 130 degrees Fahrenheit, and consider encasing pillows and mattresses in allergen-proof covers.
Dust mites are excellent at absorbing moisture from the air and thrive in humidity. 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.
Patch It Up
Droppings from rodents such as mice and rats are another largely preventable household allergen. Keep rodents out by sealing all cracks and gaps in walls and floors with a silicone-based caulk, especially in areas where utility pipes enter.
If you are suffering from allergies or asthma, and find evidence of cockroaches or other pests in your home, contact us immediately to discuss the proper course of pest control. Also, check out this infographic for some interesting statistics about pest-related asthma triggers and allergens.
NPMA Pest Allergies & Asthma Infographic