Few places are as beautiful as Northern Utah and Southern Idaho in the springtime. Unfortunately, springtime also means spring allergies! This time of year, many residents are suffering from runny noses and itchy eyes, among other seasonal allergy symptoms. But is it the weather causing your allergies, or something else? A little known fact is that pests like roaches, dust mites, rodents, and more could be behind the allergy symptoms so many people are experiencing this time of year.
Here at Rentokil, we are committed to helping our customers learn how to reduce pest-related allergens in the home.
Prevention Tips for Pest Allergens
To avoid exacerbating your seasonal allergies, it’s important to reduce pest allergens in your home as much as possible. Basic pest prevention goes a long way to eliminate these allergens:
- Store food in sealed containers and clean kitchens on a daily basis.
- Dispose of garbage regularly and use a tight-fitting lid.
- Seal cracks and holes in homes, including entry points for utilities and pipes, screen doors, and windows.
- 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.
- Keep pet food sealed in a tight container and wash food bowls.
What Pests Cause Allergies and Asthma?
Pest infestations can be dangerous for many reasons, from structural damage to disease. But they can cause allergies, as well! The biggest culprit is cockroaches–roach skins, droppings, and more have all been proven to trigger allergic reactions and asthma. Children are especially vulnerable to these types of allergies. Other pests include stinging insects, from yellow jackets and wasps to fire ants. A sting from any of these can cause an allergic reaction in certain individuals.
**If you experience severe symptoms of an allergic reaction such as swelling, wheezing, dizziness, or trouble breathing, call 911 or get medical attention immediately!
Getting Rid of Pests and Allergens
To stay safe from pest allergens, you need to stay safe from pests! If you’ve done all you can to prevent pests but are still dealing with them, it’s time to call the experts at Rentokil. Our team will work with you to customize a pest control plan suited to your unique needs.
Can Pests Trigger Springtime Allergies? in Salt Lake County and Northern Utah
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