NPMA warns that pests can trigger allergies


May 4, 2023

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The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns Americans about indoor allergy triggers during May, which is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.

Spring is a peak season for the more than 100 million Americans who suffer from allergies and asthma which is why the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month for nearly 40 years.

NPMA is participating in this observance by educating homeowners about pests like cockroaches, dust mites and rodents that can exacerbate asthma and allergy symptoms inside their homes and sharing prevention tips, according to the news release.

“Most people associate allergy triggers with pollen or grass, however, you may not find allergy relief indoors. There are actually pests frequently found in homes that can cause serious issues for asthma and allergy sufferers,” said Dr. Jim Fredericks, NPMA SVP of Public Affairs. “The saliva, droppings and decomposing body parts of cockroaches, rodents and dust mites are known to exacerbate asthma and allergy symptoms, especially in children.”

NPMA is sharing the prevention tips below to share with customers and homeowners protect their homes from asthma and allergy triggers caused by pests:

  • Seal any cracks and crevices around the home, paying close attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter.
  • Vacuum at least once a week using a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
  • Dust surfaces frequently using a dust rag or damp cloth.
  • Clean or replace the filters in your furnace and air conditioner each month.
  • Wipe surfaces daily, including counters, stovetops and sinks.
  • Dispose of garbage regularly in a sealed trash bin.
  • Wash blankets, throw rugs and bedding in hot water, or take them to be dry-cleaned.
  • Contact a certified pest management professional if you suspect an infestation.
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