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5 Pests Most Likely To Cause An Allergic Reaction

5 Pests Likely To Cause An Allergic Reaction

A home infested with pests is cause enough for alarm, but there are a lot of side effects that go along with it. Not only do pests create their own filth inside your home, but they can also carry diseases. There is also a third effect that few homeowners recognize that can be just as problematic as the first two: pests can cause allergic reactions by their very presence. Which pests are the top allergy offenders? Here’s our list of the top five pests most likely to cause an allergic reaction.

  1. Cockroaches

Potentially the most common pest in the United States, cockroaches are found in every climate because they can survive almost anywhere. Approximately sixty percent of homes in the U.S. contain allergens created by cockroaches per the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. These allergens are comprised of excrement, saliva and shed skin cells. 

Typical reactions include skin rashes, coughing, congestion, ear infections, eye irritation and postnasal drip. In addition to allergens, cockroaches also carry plague, dysentery and gastroenteritis on the surface of their carapace. All in all, they are one of the worst pests to have infest your home in terms of health and sanitation.

  1. Rodents

    Droppings, urine, saliva and skin cells are the allergens left by rodents like rats and mice. Allergic reactions are similar to that of cockroaches, in addition to itchy skin, eczema and nausea. The allergens shed by rodents are also more likely to trigger asthma attacks due to the increased bulk of their waste.
  2. Flies

    Known to carry and transmit as many as sixty-five diseases, flies are among the worst and most common household pests. Worse still, due to their ability to fly, they frequently come in contact with food and spread allergens and illnesses. Some flies even carry food allergens on their bodies and transmit them to other food, creating an even greater risk of an allergic reaction.
  3. Dust Mites

    These pests are too tiny to see without a microscope, but they can have a significant impact on the air quality of your home. Dust mites, as abhorrent as this is, feed on dead skin cells. Their bodily waste is what triggers allergic reactions. They also thrive in average household temperatures between 68 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit, making the inside of your home the perfect breeding environment. Worst of all, their waste also tends to mingle with mold and cockroach waste, creating a trifecta of allergens.
  4. Fruit Flies

In a recent laboratory study, thirty percent of workers presented with respiratory and skin reactions after coming into contact with fruit flies. While they are not as common year-round as other pests, they do have the capacity to trigger allergic reactions in a certain population.

Hire a Pest Control Company

If you find you suffer from allergic reactions regularly, you may want to have your house swept for pests. Even if you’ve had the air quality in your home tested, you may have a pest control problem you don’t know about. Homeowners in the Yuma, AZ area depend on Yuma Pest for their pest control needs since 1992. Contact us today for more information.

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