Allergies and Bugs: What’s the Connection?

homeownersNobody wants bugs, and nobody wants allergies — but did you know that the two sometimes go hand in hand? Of course, many people have allergic reactions to insect bites or stings. Allergies to bees and wasps are hardly uncommon, and even ant bites can make some people break out in hives. However, some insects can make hayfever-like allergies worse, and can even have an effect on asthma patients.


Roaches are highly unsanitary, with the ability to pick up an alarming number of germs and spread them around your home. However, their droppings, saliva, and even corpses can cause an allergic reaction similar to hay fever in many people who come in contact with them. Sniffling, sneezing, runny eyes, and coughing are all common reactions in people who are allergic to cockroaches.

People who have asthma, often induced by allergies, are also often sensitive to cockroaches. Being in a room where cockroaches have been or accidentally inhaling their leavings can induce an asthma attack, making these bugs especially dangerous for asthmatics. To help prevent an infestation, keep moisture to a minimum and clean up all food crumbs in a timely manner. If you have allergies or asthma and see any signs of a cockroach infestation, including droppings or the bugs themselves, call a professional exterminator as soon as possible to help prevent any adverse medical effects.

Dust Mites

The insect that possibly the most people are allergic to is the dust mite. These tiny insects live in the dust in your home, eating the discarded skin cells you leave behind just about everywhere. These insects are far too tiny to see with the naked eye, but if you see dust, there’s a reasonable chance that it contains dust mites. Those allergic to dust mites may respond to coming into contact with their saliva, droppings, or dead bodies, which can even trigger an asthma attack in some people.

Unfortunately, pest control cannot help a lot with dust mites, and if you have them or live in certain parts of the country, chances are you’ll never be able to completely get rid of them. However, regular vacuuming, steam cleaning, and washing of all soft surfaces such as drapery, upholstery, and carpet can help limit how many are able to live in your home. Having dust mites is not an indication of having a dirty house at all, but with the proper cleaning techniques, you can at least put a dent in their numbers.

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