A lot of us have seasonal allergies. You may have experienced the sneezing, irritated mucous membranes, and itchy feelings caused by substances like pollen. Some indoor and outdoor pests can also cause allergic reactions by themselves or make existing allergies worse. These are not only unpleasant but can be dangerous. Keep an eye out for the following nasties and keep yourself safe
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Bees, Wasps, Hornets, Yellow Jackets, Etc.
Insects like these are well known to possess stingers that inject venom into the flesh of the unlucky recipient. The result can be just a painful, swollen bump or life-threatening anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis typically causes swelling of the mouth and throat, which can suffocate the sufferer. It is wise for those with this allergy to carry an EpiPen.
Some pests cause allergic reactions by their very presence. Dust mites are a very common cause of allergic reactions in the airways and irritate asthma. They are too small to see with the naked eye and like to live in items like carpet and curtains. Vacuum and dust your surfaces regularly to remove them and deprive them of their habitat.
Mosquitoes are a problem almost anywhere you can go in the world. In addition to the itch, mosquitoes can carry serious diseases like West Nile virus and malaria. Fortunately, there are ways to deter them that can be combined for greater effectiveness, like using citronella candles, growing lemongrass, or keeping a bat house on your property.
Though they prefer animals, fleas will happily bite humans and multiply on the skin. The bites are unpleasant enough by themselves, but fleas can also cause dermatitis in pets. Flea allergy dermatitis causes overall itching, skin redness, and scabbing. Check with your pet’s veterinarian to decide what your best flea deterrent option is.
Allergies are yet another undesirable effect of having cockroaches around. They can cause or worsen symptoms like coughing, sneezing, runny or blocked sinuses, and itchy, irritated mucous membranes. Asthma is also aggravated by the presence of roaches and their waste.
An Ounce of Prevention
Preventive maintenance is the best way to prevent pests from causing or worsening allergic reactions. Call the pros to protect yourself, your family, your pets, and anyone who may enter your home.