The start of allergy season is just around the corner. While most people associate asthma and allergies to the outdoors, there are factors inside the home that cause issues as well. Homeowners need to know that household pests can cause asthma and allergy symptoms as well.

Cockroach allergies are one of the leading causes of asthma issues in children. They can cause difficulty sleeping, and wheezing. It is important to ensure that your home is cockroach free – especially if someone in your home has asthma. Don’t assume that spotting one cockroach is an isolated incident – even if you see one, it is a good idea to have your house inspected and treated.

Dust mites are small bugs found in soft areas of your home (like your furniture, curtains, bedding, and carpet). Clutter attracts dust mites – it provides the bugs with ample places to hide. Regular vacuuming and dusting will help keep the home clean and free of dust mites. If someone in your home suffers from allergies, it would also be in your best interest to cover mattresses and pillows in allergy-proof covers.

Stinging insects such as wasps, hornets, bees, and fire ants, are a nuisance to everyone, however for people who are allergic to the venom, these pests can cause severe issues. If you are allergic, it is important to know what plants attract these insects – and ensure they are not near your property. If you do notice a nest on your property, do not attempt to get rid of it yourself – always call a professional to eradicate the problem.

Tips to minimize pest issues:

  • Dispose of garbage regularly and store in sealed containers
  • Keep food sealed and stored properly
  • Keep floors and counters clean
  • Seal cracks and holes in the home – including screen doors and windows
  • Keep basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry

If you experience any pest issues, call 910-455-5888 and one of May Exterminating’s friendly and trained technicians will eliminate the threat.