Phoenix Pest Control Equals Allergy Prevention
The cooler temperatures that winter ushers in make allergy sufferers in the Valley of the Sun feel a little better, because pollen levels take a serious nosedive. Still, cooler temperatures themselves don’t mean an end to allergy issues altogether. Indoor allergens like dust mites, mold, and cockroach droppings—yes, cockroach droppings, can and do present a threat to you and your family’s health. Now, we know you might be wondering exactly what insects and pests have to do with allergies. Well, plenty, as it turns out.
Phoenix Pest Control Meets Scientific Inquiry
A study conducted by the National Pest Management Association and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America found that nearly nine out of 10 allergists surveyed believe a pest-free home is an important first step in preventing asthma and allergy symptoms. The survey also revealed that 76 percent of allergists surveyed indicate that, aside from dust mites, cockroaches are the most problematic pests for patients who suffer from asthma and allergies. In one of our previous blog articles, we documented at length some of the health issues cockroaches can cause. But now that you know they can cause allergies too, let’s take a look at how you can minimize their presence before it becomes an itchy, scratch and sneezy problem.
Cockroaches as Allergens
Many people know that cockroaches can contaminate and spoil food, but not near as many understand how these pests can cause asthma and allergy problems. Well, they can and do because the allergens, specifically the droppings cockroaches leave behind inside a home, linger in the air or settle as dust. These allergens then become airborne when movement stirs up air. This stirring is a natural occurrence of everyday movement and can happen when:
• Children play or run through the house
• Home cleaning occurs
• Furniture is dusted
• Renovation projects are undertaken
Determining allergic reactions to cockroaches requires a skin test to be performed by a health care professional. They will scratch or prick the skin with cockroach extract. If redness, an itchy rash, or swelling appear, then it’s likely the person is allergic to cockroaches.
Phoenix Pest Control for Cockroaches
The best way to prevent cockroach allergies is to deal with root of the problem itself: The Cockroach. The Phoenix pest control team at Insectek has many decades worth of collective experience dealing with cockroach prevention and infestation control for homes and businesses throughout the Metropolitan Phoenix area. This includes providing our valued customers with tips to keep your home cockroach free, including:
• Keep kitchen counters, sinks, tables, floors, cabinets, and pantries clean and free of clutter
• Clean dishes, crumbs, and spills right away – cockroaches love grease and waste
• Store food in airtight containers where cockroaches cannot access it
• Seal cracks or openings around home foundations and inside cabinets
• Eliminate excess moisture buildup (e.g., a leaky faucet)
• Inspect packages, school backpacks, or laundry bins for signs of cockroaches and other pests.
• Keep the landscape plants next to your house trimmed and don’t use too much mulch, as it provides an ideal harborage for cockroaches
Of course, it is also important to hire a competent, professional and trustworthy Phoenix pest control team to eradicate any cockroach infestation you currently have, as well as to help prevent future outbreaks from occurring…and this is where we come in.
Contact us today to learn more about how our Phoenix pest control experts can help your home or business space remain safe, healthy and cockroach free—so that you and yours can breath and rest easy, knowing your residential or commercial space is not at the mercy of these merciless pests.