Are You Allergic to Bugs?

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Most people associate annoying allergies and symptoms of asthma with warmer weather and outdoor activities. But the fact is you don’t have to step outside to suffer from these common ailments. The allergens generated by a variety of household pests are more than enough to bring serious youth threats when allergic reactions occur from stings or bites. Dirty conditions leading to pest infestations are also a health risk as some pests like cockroaches can trigger asthma attacks. Budget Pest Control provides a list of what you need to know about pest allergies:

A bite or sting from insects may only cause minor reactions like mild swelling, temporary pain, and redness. But often an allergic reaction occurs, brings itchiness, hives, and significant swelling, sometimes in areas other than where you were bitten. A more severe allergic reaction like anaphylaxis can cause difficulty breathing, chest tightness, swelling of the tongue, nose, and throat, nausea, stomach cramps, headaches, dizziness, and diarrhea. If you have a history of allergic reactions to bug bites or bee stings, consider getting allergy shots or talk to your doctor about treatments you can use as self-medication when a reaction occurs.

The most common allergic reactions are from bee stings (yellow jackets, hornets, wasps, honey bees) and fire ant stings. You can prevent this by avoiding contact with bees (usually in underground nests, above-ground hives, around shrubbery, in trees, and under soffits of houses and commercial buildings) and fire ants (in and around above-ground ant mounds), keeping food and drinks covered when outdoors, and completing a preventative pest control program. If you’re seeing bees or fire ants around your home, contact an exterminator like Budget Pest Control; don’t attempt to get rid of them yourself. Bees especially can become aggressive when agitated.

Mosquitoes, bed bugs, and fleas are other common pests that can also cause allergic reactions if bitten. This is usually noted by red bumps, itchiness, swelling, and/or pain. Life-threatening allergic reactions from these pests are uncommon.

Cockroaches can trigger allergies, without biting or stinging you, through the waste they leave behind in your home. A cockroach infestation can cause sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, nose, or throat, runny nose, congestion, skin rashes, sinus & ear infections, and asthma attacks. The best way to prevent allergies related to roaches is with preventative pest control and by keeping a clean house. Clean up spills immediately, take out the trash daily, store food in sealed containers, and get rid of clutter.

If you have a pest problem, especially if you have asthma or allergies. It’s time to call in the professionals at Budget Pest Control. Contact them today for a free estimate at 412-318-4912. Our pest control experts can take care of current infestations, or prevent future infestations from occurring.

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