You are your little one might be one of the many asthmatic individuals in the UK. Though it is impossible to cure asthma, its symptoms are quite manageable. Also, it is vital that you know what triggers your asthma to help you manage your condition properly. Here is a list of the pests that are most likely to worsen your allergies.
In the UK, cockroaches are common in homes and some offices that are not very hygienic. It is even worrying that these insects can survive in different temperatures without being affected.
Cockroaches are not safe to have in a house since they carry a range of infections dangerous diseases, such as gastroenteritis, plague, and dysentery. Bacteria get attached to cockroaches’ skin and then carried around your house.
Cockroaches can cause many types of allergic symptoms, such as coughing, skin rashes, ear infections, congestion, postnasal drip, and watery and itchy eyes. It is important that you get rid of cockroaches as soon as you spot them in your house.
2. Dust Mites
These pests exist in colonies and feed on dust around the house. These might include your window sills, your floors, your bed, and little-used furniture. Dust mites are known to shed body parts that might worsen allergies.
The symptoms of these allergies include sneezing, congestion, coughing, eyes that get watery and itchy. In some cases, dust mites might evoke an asthma attack, which is why you should not have them in your house.
Dust mites are known to be the predominant cause of allergy and allergic reactions in asthmatic individuals. They might also be the reason some children develop complications in the first place.
Pheromones are the primary source of allergy and are contained in rodents’ (rats and mice) urine. Rodents need pheromones because it helps them attract mates, and it is believed that male rodents produce more of it compared to the female ones. This means they have higher levels of allergens.
Rodents also have saliva and dander that have been reported to cause allergic reactions. Despite being a huge city menace, since they are constantly seeking shelter in both rural and urban areas, at least 80% of homes in the UK have mouse allergens. The common signs of allergic reactions to rodents include congestion, sneezing, rashes, itchy nose and throat, and asthma attacks.
4. Fruit Flies
Many people tend to develop skin rashes and other respiratory complications after coming into contact with fruit flies. Most of these people are those that work in laboratories and other fields of research.
Common housefly might not be common per se but have been found to cause nasal allergies. Deer flies and house flies might lead to certain allergic reactions such as wheezing. The wheezing is caused by the salivary secretions from the flies.
5. Stinging Insects
Stinging insects like wasps, yellow jackets, fire ants, ad bees might cause allergic reactions. They can also make allergic symptoms severe. There are some people with strong immune systems that are impervious to the venom from these stinging insects. The symptoms include hives, shortness of breath, hives, etc. In some cases, victims might experience anaphylaxis, which is a fatal form of an allergic reaction.
How to Know If You Have Pest Allergy
In some cases, it is hard to know if you have pest allergies since the symptoms are similar to the common cold. The symptoms of the common cold that are extremely similar to pest allergy include cough, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, congestion, and some body aches.
The best way to tell pest allergies are common cold is that they can last several weeks or months. This happens because the allergens responsible for the reaction are still available in the household. This means that the symptoms will be experienced until the allergens are gotten rid of. Your doctor will find the best way to assist you after you have learned that it is a pest allergy you are struggling with and not a common cold.
Excel Pest Services is a UK-based company that leverages the best techniques to eliminate pests in homes and offices. If the symptoms mentioned above get persistent, then it means your home is pest-infested, and something needs to be done.