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Can Asthma or Allergies be Caused by Pests


People with allergies and asthma, of which there are more than 100 million in the U.S., are most busy in the spring. Because of this, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has made May National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.

Vista Pest Control, your local pest, mosquito, and termite control expert, is taking part by teaching our customers about pests like cockroaches, dust mites, and mice that can make asthma and allergy complaints worse in their homes. We can also give you some tips on how to stay safe.

Cockroaches and mice have a bad reputation for being dirty and full of diseases. You might not know that they can also put people’s lives in grave danger. In fact, cockroach allergens are found in 63% of American homes. Most of these allergens are spread by the saliva, feces, and shed exoskeletons of cockroaches.

  • Proteins in cockroach saliva, feces, dead bodies, and skins that have fallen off are known to cause allergens and make asthma worse.
  • When there are a lot of cockroaches, people, especially kids, are more likely to have allergic or asthmatic responses. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences found that one in five American children were very allergic to cockroach allergens.
  • The National Pest Management Association says that cockroaches can spread 33 types of bacteria, like Salmonella and E. coli, as well as six parasitic worms and more than seven human diseases.
  • People whose immune systems overreact to the venom of yellowjackets, wasps, bees, and fire ants, for example, can have severe responses. Symptoms include hives, shortness of breath, itching, and even anaphylaxis, a severe allergic response that can kill.

How to Get Rid of Allergies Caused by Pests

You can try to avoid allergies caused by pests by limiting your exposure to the allergens they make. Vista Pest Control suggests the following things to do:

  • Keep your home clean. Clean it often to get rid of any pests that might be there. You should vacuum your floors, rugs, and furniture often to get rid of dust, pet hair, and insect parts. Wash your sheets, pillows, and blankets often in hot water to keep your home clean and free of allergens. Dust bugs will die because of this. Pet dander is a common allergen, so you should clean your pet’s furniture often.
  • Look for holes in your house: If you find cracks, holes, or other places where pests can get in, seal them up. hide the ways in. Close up these openings to keep pests out of your home and lower the chance of being exposed to allergens.
  • Get rid of extra wetness. Keep your home dry and well-ventilated to keep pests like cockroaches and dust mites away, as well as mold. Dehumidifiers should be used in places like bathrooms and crawl spaces where there is a lot of wetness.
  • Use covers that keep allergens out. Cover your pillows, beds, and box springs to keep dust mites from getting comfortable and making allergens.
  • Clean as you go. You should try to keep clutter to a minimum because it gives dust and bugs places to hide. To keep allergies from getting worse, it’s important to keep things clean and organized.
  • Use trash cans with lids that fit tightly and take out your trash as soon as you can to keep pests like cockroaches away. Use airtight containers.
  • Plants need to be trimmed and pruned. If you want to keep your yard tidy and keep pests away, prune shrubs and trees away from your house. Get rid of any places where food or drink can sit still and attract bugs.

Vista Pest Control says that if you think you might be allergic to bugs, you should talk to a doctor. They can give you an accurate diagnosis, give you advice, and show you how to treat your problem.

Call the reliable and kind California pest control expert if your bug problem or allergies keep coming back. We can look at the case and give you effective, custom-made ways to get rid of pests. The exterminators at Vista Pest Control are grateful for your help in keeping pests out of your home and yard until the next time they come.


Vist Pest Control has been a full service residential and commercial pest control company for more than a decade.

We are a locally owned company that is well established in our local communities. 


Call today for questions or to schedule a consultation with us NOW!



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