Winter is coming. This time of year we all start to spend a little more time indoors, I like to cuddle in front of the fire as much as possible and I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to do the same. Spending time indoors can be hardest on people who suffer from asthma and allergies. More time indoors will mean more exposure to indoor allergens.
Exterminators have always tried to provide pest control Austin can count on. Now Exterminators are trying to communicate that pest control is a public health service. To communicate this message we need to do some research, and what has our industry found? I’m glad you asked…
Historically ragweed and dust mites are often blamed for sneezing and itchy eyes during “allergy” season, especially here in Austin where allergies are notoriously bad. Due to recent studies, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns that pests like cockroaches, rats and mice are also common asthma and allergy triggers.
“The saliva, urine and fecal droppings from cockroaches and rodents contain allergen proteins known to elicit allergic reactions and asthma attacks,” said Dr. Jorge Parada, medical advisor for the NPMA. “As cockroaches and rodents enter homes seeking shelter in preparation for the winter months, people with allergies and asthma are at a higher risk when coming in contact with these pests.”
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), cockroach allergens are present in 63 percent of American homes and mouse allergens in 82 percent. Moreover, the number of homes containing cockroach allergens increases to as many as 78 to 98 percent in urban areas.
5 tips to help keep allergy-causing pests out:
• Seal cracks and holes around the outside of the home, including utility pipes.
• Properly ventilate basements and crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup.
• Keep counters free of crumbs and vacuum floors often to reduce the accumulation of allergens.
• Keep garbage in a sealed container and dispose of it regularly.
• Pay extra attention to kitchens and bathrooms – especially under appliances and sinks – as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations.
I am an exterminator and providing pest control Austin can count on is my business. This has been a public health service message from me to you. Boom. Drop mic and walk away.