The Health Impact of Pests

It’s spring and allergy season has arrived. Some allergens are airborne and get into our systems when we breathe them in. The most common airborne allergy triggers are pollen, animal dander, dust mites and mold.
But there are also several pests that can trigger allergies, including beetles, caterpillars, cockroaches, fleas, mites and rodents. In addition to that, bees and fire ants can cause a nasty allergic reaction from their stings that can cause some people to go into anaphylactic shock! About .5% of children and 3% of adults will experience anaphylaxis after a stinging insect bite.13smokey_enl

The cockroach allergen is believed to derive from feces, saliva and the bodies of these insects. Cockroaches live all over the world, from tropical areas to the coldest spots on earth. Studies show that 78 percent to 98 percent of urban homes have cockroaches. Each home has from 900 to 330,000 of the insects!!

The risk of developing allergies to cockroaches is a function of several variables, including:

  1. Genetic predisposition to developing allergies
  2. The species of cockroaches to which one is exposed
  3. The size of the infestation
  4. The duration of exposure
  5. The amount of allergens that become airborne in the context of ventilation and air flow patterns in buildings

Human sensitivity has been demonstrated with such species as Asian, German, Amercian and Oriental cockroaches.  If you suspect you may have a cockroach infestation in your home, contact Massey Services today for a free inspection.


Spring is Here…and so are the Allergies!

This past Sunday at 7:21 p.m., Spring officially arrived! I love the spring and can’t wait to spend more time outdoors. Unfortunately, along with spring comes the high pollen counts, which can sometimes send me back indoors so I can get my sneezing back under control. If you have the same problem, here are a few tips provided by Web MD of how to better control allergies:

  • Take an over-the-counter antihistamine every morning to alleviate congestion
  • Keep your windows closed, even on a beautiful spring day. Allergens are at their highest during the day and open windows just invite them indoors.
  • Take a shower after you’ve spent time outdoors to remove allergens from your body
  • Allergens also stick to fabrics, so be sure to wash bedding, your pajamas and clothing frequently
  • If you know you’re going to be spending time outdoors, take an antihistamine at least 30 minutes before going outside. Make sure to have rescue medications nearby, such as eye drops and decongestants, just in case.