While spring is known for its pleasant weather and beautiful flowers, it is also widely associated with seasonal allergies. Runny noses and itchy eyes are just some of the symptoms that millions of Americans experience each spring. The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America (AAFA) designates May as Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month, and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is commemorating this important observance by highlighting how certain pests can exacerbate seasonal allergies and asthma symptoms.
“With increased time spent at home due to the ongoing pandemic, it is vital to ensure your home is pest-free,” said Cindy Mannes, senior vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Living with certain pests like dust mites, rodents and cockroaches can negatively impact your family’s health, especially if anyone in your household already suffers from allergies or asthma.”
NPMA is sharing important information about pests that can trigger symptoms and the steps homeowners can take to prevent them:
Certain proteins found in cockroach feces, saliva and body parts can cause allergic reactions or trigger asthma symptoms, especially in children. To prevent a cockroach infestation, be sure to fix any leaky pipes and clean up crumbs and spills immediately.
Droppings and dander from rodents like mice and rats can trigger allergies or asthma symptoms. Seal all cracks around the home to keep rodents out, paying special attention to where utilities enter.
Approximately 50-80% of asthmatics may show symptoms when living with house dust mites, as their cast skins and droppings serve as allergens that may cause respiratory constriction. Frequently vacuuming your home and changing your sheets can help mitigate these triggers.
For more information about protecting your home or to find a pest control professional in your area, visit www.PestWorld.org.
About the National Pest Management Association
The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 5,500 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property from the diseases and dangers of pests. For more information, visit PestWorld.org or follow @PestWorld on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.
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