Parasites could be to blame for your allergy symptoms

FAIRFAX, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As warm spring weather allows Americans to spend more time outdoors, pollen from trees and flowers unfortunately triggers many people’s seasonal allergies. From itchy eyes to sinus congestion, millions of Americans report experiencing allergy symptoms each spring. the American Allergy and Asthma Foundation (AAFA) rightly designates each May as Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) explains how household pests can also contribute to seasonal allergies and asthma.

“Most people understand the connection between pollen and allergies, but few people know how parasites can also exacerbate allergic reactions and asthma attacks,” says Cindy Mannes, senior vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “Household pests, including cockroaches, mites and rodents, can harm public health, especially for those with allergies or asthma.”

This Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month, the NPMA is educating homeowners on how to prevent pests that can trigger allergic reactions:


The proteins present in cockroaches’ feces, saliva and body parts can cause allergic reactions or trigger asthma symptoms, especially in children. Because cockroaches are attracted to moisture and food, make sure your home is well ventilated and keep floors and surfaces clean.


More than half of people with asthma may experience symptoms while living with mites. Their discarded skins and feces can cause respiratory constriction. Regularly changing bed linens and thoroughly dusting and vacuuming your home can help reduce these triggers.


Rodents feces and dander can trigger allergic reactions and asthma symptoms. Eliminate potential entry points by sealing cracks or holes in exterior walls with caulk or steel wool.

For more information on protecting your home or to find a pest control professional in your area, visit

About the National Pest Management Association

The NPMA, a not-for-profit organization with more than 5,500 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest control industry’s commitment to protecting public health, food and property from disease. and the dangers of pests. For more information, visit or follow @PestWorld on Facebook, Twitter, pinterest, ICT Tac and Youtube.

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