The amazing link between pests and Asthma

Having a child with asthma can be very scary. Asthma is behind ¼ of all emergency cases each year, over a million cases each year and it is the most common chronic disease in children. The shocker is 60 % of all asthma attacks are allergy related. If you are not familiar with what happens when you have an asthma attack, your airways become swollen and the muscles around the airways contract causing your breathing passage to close. This will cause asthma symptoms, such as wheezing and coughing.

Paper Wasp Nest

Paper Wasp Nest

If you have a child with asthma it can be very scary. Making sure you and your family are educated and aware of what can trigger an asthma attack can play an important part on managing this disease. Each case is different and can be triggered by certain things like pet dander, pollen, and pest can trigger an asthma attack.

What is an allergic response and what happens to the body? It occurs when the body mistakenly identifies a harmless substance as a threat. A chemical is released by the immune system that can affect the lungs and airways leading to asthmatic symptoms. That is why it is important to know what food and plants you are allergic to. If you have a child with asthma you should consider having your pediatrician conduct an allergy test on your child. This will help you create a proactive approach on controlling asthma.

Pack-Rat-Close-upWhat type of pest trigger an asthma attack? The fact that cockroaches are gross and they are known to spread over 30 kids of bacteria and they can trigger asthma attack especially in children. Their droppings, salvia and debris from their decomposing bodies contain proteins that can cause an allergic reaction that can trigger an asthma attack. Other insects like rodents, wasp and other stinging insect also play a big part on triggering an asthma attack.

The National Pest Management Association helps raise awareness on pest conditions, and educates the public on public health they say that 82% of homes tested contained allergens left by mice. 82%, that is just crazy.

ID-Oriental-Roach-2We can’t help you with the medical side of the situation, but we can help you with controlling the pest that could be trigging an asthma attack in your home. First if you currently have a rodent, cockroach or any other pest infestation make sure you have it treated before you do any exclusion work.

Tips on how to keep pest out of your home:
– Make sure your yard is free of debris
– Keep branches and foliage 3 feet away from home
– Inspect wires, and home for gnaw makes that could indicate a possible rodent infestation
– Inspect yard monthly for holes in ground that could be possible rodent holes
– Seal all cracks on exterior of home, including ones in J-trim
– Make sure you have door sweeps on all doors, even on your garage
– Screen off all vents, including roof vents that permit it
– Make sure you have breathable covers on weep holes

If you think you have a Pest Control problem and want a professional to look at it, call 520-886-3029 to schedule a courtesy inspection.

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