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The Connection Between Asthma, Allergies, Pests: What Every Lexington Homeowner Needs To Know

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Having asthma or being susceptible to allergies can be a real problem. Severe allergies can be set off by a variety of outside environmental factors. Something that a lot of people don’t consider is that pests can affect asthma and allergies as well.

It’s important to understand that pests like cockroaches, ants, bees, and other insects that bite and sting can be the cause of asthma attacks and allergies. In particular, the saliva and feces from cockroaches, as well as their skins and other parts of their bodies, carry allergen proteins that are directly linked to allergic reactions. These can also produce asthma symptoms, particularly in kids who are more vulnerable.
Bee stings are well known for causing swelling and even death to those who are allergic. Even if you aren’t allergic, they can cause a severe rash and swelling. Wasps, yellowjackets, and fire ants can cause dangerous reactions in people whose immune systems react negatively with the venom found in these pests. Hives, itching, inability to breathe properly, and anaphylaxis shock are all possible.
Knowing the connection between pests and asthma and allergies can help you avoid health issues related to insects and other pests. Here’s what every Lexington homeowner should know about pests and their effect on asthma, allergies, and the health of your family.

 Protect Yourself from the Risk of Asthma and Allergies

All of the usual methods for keeping pests from the home such as sealing openings and properly sealing and storing food apply when it comes to cutting down on the insects that present the most threat of causing allergic reactions. Deep cleaning of the home on a regular basis can remove things that will potentially bring insects into your home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it’s also important to improve the quality of air in your home. There are three easy ways to do this:

  • Control contact with airborne allergens. Avoid keeping windows open.
  • Ventilate your indoor areas as well as you can.
  • Take advantage of air cleaners to keep the air as clean as possible.

By combining the tips and keeping pests away from and out of your home, you can reduce the risk of getting allergic reactions and  asthma attacks. At least those associated with bug bites, stings, and the dead and decaying body parts of the pests that do make it into your home. Controlling the quality of the air can even help prevent issues caused by dust mites, pollen, mold, and other causes of allergens that can bring about asthma attacks and allergic reactions.

Limit the Risk of Health Issues Associated with Pests

Don’t wait until you already have a pest problem or until there is a bad reaction in your home. Action Pest Control is the answer when you have pests that pose a threat to you in your home. We can help you get rid of the insects that cause allergies and asthma attacks and we’re always happy to help you find ways to make your home as pest-resistant as possible. We offer a high level of customer care and customer satisfaction, fast service, and guaranteed results. Don’t put your family at risk when it comes to pests invading your Louisville home. Call Action Pest Control in Louisville today. We look forward to being your pest control specialists.