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Insects Might Be Exacerbating That Runny Nose

While the bloom of springtime might be easy on the eyes, it isn’t usually easy on the allergies. During the spring, many people in New England will have seasonal allergy flare-ups caused by pollen in the air. But did you know that certain pests cause springtime allergies, or make existing allergies worse?

Which common household pests can trigger your allergies or asthma this season? Here’s what folks in the Springfield and Hartford areas should know.

Which Pests Cause Springtime Allergies?

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are one of the most common pests that exacerbate allergy symptoms, and are recognized as an important trigger of asthma. Their saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies comprise allergen proteins known to prompt symptoms, especially in children. They also spread nearly 33 kinds of bacteria, according to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).

Stinging Insects

Certain species of stinging insects, such as yellow jackets, wasps, bees and fire ants, can cause serious reactions in people whose immune systems overreact to the venom. Symptoms can range from itching and hives to shortness of breath to anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal severe allergic reaction.

Rodents

Thanks to wet, mild conditions, experts anticipate that mice and rats will be searching for indoor shelter well into the spring.  Hair, dander, urine, feces, and saliva of rodents can cause allergic reactions just like dogs and cats can.

Dust Mites

Dust mites are microscopic organisms that feed off of house dust and moisture in the air.  Approximately 20 million Americans have dust mite allergies. The tiny bugs can cause allergies year-round, but are particularly triggering when combined with other allergens of spring.

Springing Into Pest Control

Because some pests cause springtime allergies, it’s important for homeowners to practice effective pest control methods. Follow our guides if you need advice on dealing with various springtime pests, or feel free to give Graduate a call if you want to get some professional help.

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