May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
There is so much to enjoy in the springtime, especially the warmer temperatures that allow us to spend more time outdoors. But, what we might not be happy about is the seasonal allergies that are triggered by pollen from trees and flowers. Those itchy eyes and congested noses have led to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to name May as Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.
But, not all allergies are seasonal allergies, some are caused by pests. The main culprit of pest allergens? The cockroach! Cockroach droppings, shed skins, and saliva all contain allergy proteins which, when inhaled, can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms, particularly in children.
Along with cockroaches, other pests that can cause allergic responses are dust mites, rodents, and stinging insects. Symptoms can range from itching and hives to more serious reactions.
Preventing allergens means preventing pests. Overall, good sanitation is the key to preventing pest issues. Other prevention tips include:
Seal cracks and holes around the the home, including entry points for utilities and pipes, screen doors, and windows.
Dispose of garbage regularly and use a tight-fitting trash can lid.
Keep kitchen surfaces clean daily, including counters, stove tops and sinks. Avoid piling dishes in the sink and clean up crumbs and spills right away.
Pay extra attention to kitchens and bathrooms, especially under appliances and sinks as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations.
Vacuum and dust often.
Wash blankets, rugs, and bedding in hot water.
If you have done all you can to prevent pests in the home and are still are still dealing with allergy-causing pests, then it May be time to call a professional.