Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month: Cockroaches and Rodents

May is Asthma and Allergy awareness month. Sponsored by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, this month is dedicated to the spreading awareness about problems with allergies and prevention/protection strategies for those that suffer from them.

Allergies affect millions of people in Pennsylvania, and for those that suffer from asthma, allergies can be a devastating trigger that can lead to panic, trouble breathing, and possibly dangerous complications.

Forgotten Causes of Allergies

It’s during this time of year that Green Pest Solutions likes to remind all homeowners that not all allergies come from dust, danger, and pollen. Pests can also lead to allergies. While some pests, like mosquitoes and spiders, cause itchy bites that are technically an allergic reaction, there are two pests in particular you need to pay close attention to during allergy season:

Rodents – First is rodents. Mice and rats cause many of the same allergies that some people experience with dogs and cats. Not only does the fur and dander potentially cause allergic reactions, but the urine and feces can also have their own allergy triggering compounds. Allergies can also get worse the more you’re exposed, and those with asthma may be particularly at risk.

CockroachesCockroaches are also a secret allergen. Like rodents, cockroaches may have bacteria and oils that lead to allergic reactions. But cockroaches also shed a great deal of hairs and leave saliva and droppings everywhere. The more cockroaches you have in your home the worse it is, and in most cases you won’t notice the allergens building up unless you notice the severity of your cockroach infestation.

These two allergens need to be addressed this upcoming year, especially if you are prone to asthma or you have allergies and have experienced these pests in your home before. They are two of the most forgotten causes of allergies on the East Coast, and when left untreated they can lead to a lot of breathing problems and uncomfortable summers.

If you want to make sure that you don’t have to suffer from allergies related to these two common pests, make sure that you get regular pest control screenings. The Green Band Protection System by Green Pest Solutions is one of the best ways to make sure that these allergens are unable to cause you any distress throughout the year.