A common lung condition that can cause breathing difficulties, asthma often appears early on during childhood, although it can sometimes appear for the first time in adulthood. To this day, there is not cure for asthma but there are treatments that help those who suffer from it control the symptoms when they appear, preventing the condition from becoming a burden on their life.
Over the years, many scientific studies have been performed to find the exact causes for asthma, which could lead to a possible cure, but they have all found that the exact causes for this condition are as varied as the lifestyles of those who have it. In many cases, though, there are commonalities that extend almost across the board, with contaminants and certain allergens found to be the main triggers for an asthma attack in a high percentage of patients. A good number of these contaminants and allergens are found to originate with common household pests. Let’s take a look.
How common pests produce asthma
Some of the most common household pests include cockroaches and rodents. These pests shed skin flakes, body parts, dander, fur, and feces wherever they go. These contaminants tend to become airborne if allowed to accumulate, causing asthma and any other respiratory problems. As a matter of fact, roaches have been listed as one of the most common causes of asthma in young children. This is because roaches prefer humid areas, and humidity and mold can be triggers for an asthma attack.
Aside from roaches and rodents, there are other common household pests that can cause or worsen a person’s asthma, including dust mites, which tend to cling to curtains, furniture and any other surface where dust collects. This is why keeping your home clean is of utmost importance when somebody in your family suffers from asthma. Keep in mind that it is well known that pests are attracted to homes that aren’t cleaned regularly, so make sure you schedule a thorough cleaning of your home at least 4 times per year, to eliminate the possibility of a pest infestation that could cause you or your loved ones to develop asthma.
Getting rid of pests before they become a health hazard
Once they have infested your home, it can be difficult to get rid of pests without the use of chemicals that can be dangerous to you and your loved ones. Because of this, prevention is key. A few simple actions can go a long way in preventing pest infestations and the subsequent health hazard they can pose. In most cases, carefully developing a plan to keep your house free of pests, will include actions such as the following:
- Keeping the living areas of your home, such as bedrooms, bathrooms, etc., free from clutter and clean. This means never leaving food out that could be tempting to rodents and other unwanted “guests”.
- Sweeping and moping every day can help ward off pests who favor humid and dirty areas in your kitchen, such as cockroaches and rodents.
- Avoid using cardboard boxes for storage. Invest in sturdy plastic bins instead. Cardboard attracts rodents and roaches, who feast off it and build their nests in it.
- Clean your kitchen floor and take out the trash daily. Sweep up any food residue that may collect near your trash bin.
- Check your home’s doors, windows, foundation and walls for cracks and holes that could allow pests into your home. If you find any, seal them right away.
- At the first sign of an infestation, call a pest control expert to help you get rid of them in the best possible way.
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