Allergies on the Rise: Are Bugs to Blame?
Updated: Oct 26, 2018
It’s no surprise that every season allergies keep getting worse. It seems like every year the pollen count is rising and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Even though pollen is a major component of stuffy noses other factors can play a role as well. Outside your home grass clipping, mold, and weeds can make your body feel terrible. Inside your home there are more surprising causes. Dust must and cockroaches are two of the top sources of your allergies.
Are there more than just those two insects that I could allergic to?
Roaches and dust-mites are both usually indoor pests, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any outside. Besides grass clippings and trees there are also stinging and biting insects living outdoors that can cause bad if not worse reactions.
Here is a list of some common stinging/biting insects to avoid in and out of the home:
· Yellow-jackets (Sting)
· Bed Bugs (Bite)
· Wasps (Sting)
· Bees (Sting)
· Fleas (Bite)
· Fire Ants (Bite)
What are the signs of a reaction?
Reactions vary from person to person, but there are a few common signs that you should look out for.
Some signs of allergic reactions are:
· Extreme pain
· Trouble breathing (tightness of breath)
· Excessive itching
If you have any of these symptoms after a string or bite from an insect please call your doctor immediately. This list is not mean to diagnose, only to show common symptoms from thorough research.
How do I get rid of them?
Ridding your home of these pests can sometimes be a daunting task. Outdoors, you can only lay precautions to reduce the amount around you. For example, bees are attracted to pollen in flowering plants so as a precaution make sure you put them at a distance from where there’s more traffic from pedestrians. For all other flying and biting insects it’s recommended to call a pest control business immediately to treat the issue. Prevention for other species is hard to manage and there’s never a guarantee if they’ll work or not. Bees are very beneficial to the environment but because they cause allergies it’s wise to keep their food sources as far away as you can.
Should I be worried about insects influencing my allergies?
Well, because we have established that yes, bugs can cause allergies, but they aren't the only ones to blame. You should be aware of your personal allergies. If you have not been tested it would be beneficial to go to a doctor and find out what you’re allergic too. An Ear Nose & Throat (ENT) doctor can tell you any other precautions you can take if insects are one of your top problems. If you don’t have serious bug allergies, then you shouldn’t have to worry much. Just keep in mind that insects, especially in the home, can make outdoor allergies worse. Remember your best bet is to call a professional to help you eradicate the problem before it can wreak havoc on your body.
**We are not medical professionals. The information above is from researching credible websites.