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Flowers Aren't The Only Thing Triggering Springtime Allergies

Friday, May 1st, 2020 by Bill Cowley

Concerned mother cuddling sick daughter

As the weather gets warmer, many will start to experience the unpleasant symptoms of seasonal allergies. But what if springtime isn’t the only thing that causes a stuffy nose? Many don’t realize cockroaches, rodents and other common household pests could also be behind their allergy and asthma symptoms, making pest prevention key to staying healthy. With May being Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, Cowleys Pest Services, in partnership with the National Pest Management Association, have identified the following pest-proofing tips to help limit pest exposure this May: 

  • Seal cracks and crevices around the home with caulk, steel wool, or both, paying attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter the structure.
  • Remove areas of standing water such as baby pools and birdbaths around the property, as they offer ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes. 
  • Dispose of garbage regularly in a sealed bin and store dry foods in an airtight container.
  • Dust hard surfaces with a damp cloth or dust rag and vacuum at least once a week using a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate) filter.
  • Clean kitchen surfaces daily, including counters, stovetops, and sinks. Avoid piling dishes in the sink and clean up crumbs and spills right away to avoid attracting ants.
  • Keep pet food stored away in an airtight container and wash food and water bowls often.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants when spending time outdoors to reduce exposure to ticks and mosquitoes.
  • Apply insect repellent containing at least 20 percent DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. 
  • Check yourself, family, and pets for ticks before going indoors and remove them immediately to decrease the threat of disease transmission.