Common household pests could be to blame.
Many people who experience the repercussions of suffering from allergies, like itchy eyes and a running nose, often attribute these unpleasant symptoms to culprits in the great outdoors. However, common household pests including rodents, cockroaches and dust mites have also been documented as triggers of allergy and asthma symptoms, especially in children. Follow these tips to fight indoor allergens from pests like cockroaches.
Keep a Clean Kitchen– Cockroach saliva, droppings and decomposing body party contain allergens that can exacerbate the symptoms of allergy sufferers. To cut off cockroach food sources, keep a meticulously clean kitchen, store food in airtight containers and avoid leaving out pet food.
Bring Out the Vacuum- About 20 million Americans have a dust mite allergy. These pests feed on human and animal dander and vacuuming at least once a week using a machine with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate) filter can help prevent them.
Fresh Linens- Dust mites are most frequently found in the bed, where dander is most abundant. Launder linens frequently in hot water, preferably heated to 130 degrees Fahrenheit, and consider encasing pillows and mattresses in allergen-proof covers.
Manage Moisture- Dust mites are excellent at absorbing moisture from the air and thrive in humidity. Maintain the humidity level in the house at about 50 percent by properly ventilating basements and crawl spaces. Consider running a dehumidifier in these areas to prevent moisture buildup.