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Allergies & Asthma: Can They Be Caused by Pests?

The spring season is especially challenging for the more than 100 million Americans who suffer from allergies and asthma. As a result, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has declared May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.

Carlsbad, your local pest, mosquito, and termite control – and grounds care – expert, is helping by educating our customers about pests like as cockroaches, dust mites, and rodents, which may worsen asthma and allergy symptoms in their homes. We also provide some preventive measures.

Everyone is aware that cockroaches and rodents are filthy and germ-infested. You may be unaware, however, that they may pose serious, and often life-threatening, hazards to humans. Cockroach allergens are found in 63 percent of American houses, with the majority being introduced by cockroach saliva, droppings, or exoskeletons shed during molting.

Cockroach saliva and droppings, as well as decaying corpses and shed skins, contain proteins that are known to induce allergies and aggravate asthma symptoms.

Children are especially susceptible to allergic and asthmatic reactions to cockroach infestations. According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, one in every five children in the United States is allergic to cockroaches.

According to the National Pest Management Association, cockroaches spread 33 different kinds of germs, including E. coli and Salmonella, as well as six parasitic worms and over seven additional illnesses that affect humans.

Certain stinging insect species, such as yellowjackets, wasps, bees, and fire ants, may produce fatal reactions in people whose immune systems react to the venom. Possible symptoms include itching, hives, shortness of breath, and even anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal severe allergic reaction.


To minimize pest-related allergies, you may take steps to decrease your exposure to allergens produced by bugs. Carlsbad recommends the following precautions:

Keep your living space clean: Clean your house on a regular basis to remove possible allergies. To eliminate dust, pet dander, and insect detritus, vacuum carpets, rugs, and upholstery on a regular basis.

Maintain good hygiene: Wash your bedding, curtains, and stuffed animals in hot water on a regular basis to kill dust mites and eliminate allergies. To reduce pet dander, a common allergy, clean your dogs and their bedding on a regular basis.

Seal pest entry points: Inspect your house for any gaps, cracks, or holes through which pests might enter. Seal these access holes to prevent pests from entering your home and to decrease allergy exposure.

Eliminate excess moisture: Keep your house dry and well-ventilated to deter pests like dust mites and cockroaches, as well as mold. In locations prone to excess moisture, such as crawlspaces or bathrooms, use dehumidifiers.

Use allergen-proof covers: Cover your pillows, mattresses, and box springs with allergen-proof covers to prevent dust mites from proliferating and causing allergies.

Avoid clutter: Clutter in your home provides places for pests to hide and for dust to build. Maintaining a clean and organized atmosphere helps to reduce allergy buildup.

Take out the trash: Garbage should be disposed of immediately, and trash cans should have tight-fitting lids to avoid attracting pests such as cockroaches.

Control outdoor pests:Trim bushes and trees away from your house to keep your yard in good shape. Remove any standing water and other food sources that may attract bugs.

If you feel you have pest allergies, Carlsbad Pest Control suggests consulting with a medical expert. They can give you with a precise diagnosis and counseling, as well as propose allergy treatment options.

If your pest issue or allergies continue, call California’s trusted, friendly pest treatment specialist at (619) 900-6147 or visit our website. We can analyze the problem and give efficient pest control solutions that are suited to your specific requirements.

Carlsbad Pest Control appreciates your assistance in keeping undesirable pests away of your home and yard until the next time.


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