Spring in Wisconsin is looked forward to each year by residents. However, no one looks forward to springtime allergies every year! May is Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month, making it important to stay aware of what may be contributing to your allergy symptoms this time of year. Everyone knows that blooming trees and changing weather can bring on your allergies, but could they be triggered by something else, too? Believe it or not, pests are a major contributor to allergies and asthma. Certain household pests such as roaches and dust mites can be troublesome for people, especially children. At Batzner Pest Control, we are dedicated to keeping our customers protected from all dangers of pests–allergies included. Keep reading for our tips on preventing pest allergens in your property.
Pest Allergens in Wisconsin
Over the past few decades, research has proven that some common household pests may trigger springtime allergies in people. The main culprit of pest allergens? Cockroaches! Roach droppings, saliva, shed skins, and other parts contain allergen proteins that cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma symptoms. Children are especially vulnerable to roach-triggered asthma attacks, which is why it’s important to know what’s causing your allergies this time of year.
In addition to roaches, some species of stinging insects (yellow jackets, wasps, fire ants, and more) can cause reactions in people. Symptoms range from itching and hives to more serious conditions, all of which is typically different than your average springtime allergy symptoms. If you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction such as swelling, wheezing, dizziness, or trouble breathing, call or visit a medical professional ASAP.
6 Tips to Prevent Pest-Triggered Allergies
Thankfully, routine pest prevention techniques will go a long way to help prevent pest allergens in your home. No pests means no pest allergens. Some of the pest prevention tips to implement include:
- 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 on the can.
- Keep your basements and crawl spaces well-ventilated and free of moisture problems.
- Wash blankets, rugs, and bedding in hot water often or get them dry-cleaned.
- Vacuum and dust your property on a regular basis this season and all year long.
Prevent Pests to Prevent Allergies!
Pests may cause allergies, but they can also bring many other types of dangers into your home. If you have implemented the above pest prevention tips and are still dealing with allergy-causing pests, call the team at Batzner today. We are committed to keeping you and your family safe from the dangers of pests this spring and all year long!
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Allergy Awareness Month: Are Pests Triggering Your Allergies? in Wisconsin