Springtime Pests and Allergies
The first quarter of 2015 is coming to a quick close, which means one thing: allergies and pest season is near. We are often asked related to allergies and pesticides.
Here’s the breakdown.
Q: What is an allergy?
A: (Webster’s Dictionary) Allergy, noun: a damaging immune response by the body to a substance, especially pollen, fur, a particular food, dust, to which it has become hypersensitive. Symptoms include: red eyes, itchiness, runny nose, eczema, hives, or an asthma attack.
Q: Which pesticides cause allergies?
A: According to the Medical University of South Carolina, people may be exposed to pesticides used in agriculture, applications for pest control at home or work, roadside right-of-ways for weed control, and applications of pesticides for public health vector control programs. Most pesticides are tested for allergenic possibilities prior to marketing. Scientists have identified the following list of common pesticides that can be hypersensitive to different individuals: allidochlor, anilazine, antu, barban, benomyl, captafol, captan, dazomet, dichloropropane, dichloropropene, lindane, maneb, nitrofen, propachlor, pyrethrum/pyrethroids, rotenone, thiram, zineb.
Q: What happens during an allergic reaction?
A: From what we know about allergies, a person is exposed to an allergen by one of three ways: inhaling it, swallowing it, or through skin contact. According to WebMD, the body starts to produce an antibody called IgE to bind to the allergen. From there the antibodies attach to a mast cell. The allergens bind to the IgE, which is part of the mast cell. From that point the mast cells release a variety of chemicals in the blood. Histamine, the main chemical causes most of the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Q: What are the most common indoor allergens?
A: There are several indoor allergies that can trigger allergies. Cockroaches, mold, animal dander, dust mites, and cigarette smoke, are among the most common indoor allergens. Cockroaches’ cast-off skins and airborne roach residue can trigger an allergic response.
Q: How do I avoid allergies?
A: If you believe you have a pesticide allergy, you should discuss this with your Pest Professional. Allergic reactions vary from individual-to-individual. Most allergic reactions can be avoided by using antihistamines.
And if it isn’t allergies getting the best of you, you can count on an emergence of new critters unearthing themselves from their winter hiding places. New Mexico has been coined as a paradise for inhabits that enjoy warm, dry summers and cool, mild winters. Albuquerque sits at the center of the “high desert” with a combination of foothills, valleys, mesas, mountains, rivers, canyons, and arroyos.
El Paso and West Texas have a similar climate which attracts desert-type insects such as centipedes, cockroaches, scorpions, ants, and other pests because of its moderate temperatures and mild climate.
If you believe your home or business is at risk, here are a few tips that may help you eliminate the problem.
- If you encounter a centipede or similar type of insect, kill them on sight
- Keep bug-spray or insecticide on hand
- Make sure debris is removed from your yard
- Seal cracks around doors and windows
- Keep your home dry (basements, closets, or damp areas can be popular hangouts for centipedes, scorpions, and ants)
- Wipe down surfaces and keep food in air-tight containers (ants prey on counter goodies)
- Call a professional
As temperatures change and the seasons begin to transition from winter to spring, we want to be there to help you before home invaders begin to make your residence their home, too. At Pest Defense Solutions, our professional staff is eager to help you protect your home or business from unwanted insects or pests. Contact our office today for more information.