Insects that invade your home can pose a number of health risks. Death can result from severe allergic reactions caused by certain insect stings. You can better protect yourself, your family, and your home if you are aware of the health risks that insects may pose. That’s why pest control is essential if your home is infested.
Pest Control Tips: Health Risks Of Pest Infestation
Bed bugs, mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and kissing bugs are all biting insects. A bite from one of these pests can cause minor swelling, pain, and itching. In rare cases, bites from insects can cause the same severe allergic reaction that is more often associated with stinging insect bites.
The venom that stinging insects inject into the body can cause a potentially life-threatening reaction. Honeybees are among the most common stinging insect species that can cause allergic reactions.
The typical reactions to an insect’s sting are very similar to the ones that occur after an insect bite. The swelling, pain, and redness around the affected area can subside by themselves in a few hours or days. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic response that requires immediate medical care.
Allergic Reaction Symptoms and Signs
Allergic reactions are caused by an overreaction of the immune system to an allergen. In the case of an insect sting, this would be venom. Allergic reactions can cause symptoms in multiple body parts that are not near the sting. These include the skin, heart, lungs, and digestive system. The signs include:
- Hives, itching, and rashes
- Swelling in the mouth, throat, or tongue
- Shortness of breath, wheezing, and difficulty breathing
- Dizziness or fainting
- Bloating, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain
- Feelings of anxiety or fear that something bad is about to happen
- Consciousness loss
Other Serious Reactions
Insect venom can cause more than just allergic reactions. In some people, the venom can cause a toxic response or serum sickness.
Toxic reactions are when the body reacts as though it is poisoning. This condition is characterized by symptoms that are similar to those of an allergic reaction. These include fever, nausea, seizures, shock, and death.
The body reacts abnormally to the venom. Joint pain, fever, and other flu-like symptoms can occur hours or days after the bite or sting.
Other Insects That Don’t Sting or Bite
Some people can be allergic to insects that do not bite or sting. Dust mites and cockroaches are prime examples of this category. Allergy symptoms and asthma attacks have been linked to insect droppings, saliva, and shed skin.
Multiple factors can cause allergy symptoms, asthma attacks, or cockroach skin to trigger. The following factors are involved:
The level of sensitivity to cockroaches that an individual has, as a result of repeated exposure.
Quality of ventilation
A person who lives in an area with poor ventilation and a high roach population for a long time is more likely to experience allergy symptoms, or even asthma attacks, than a person who lives in an area that has good ventilation, but few roaches.
Some people do not suffer from asthma or allergy attacks caused by cockroaches and other insects. This is because they don’t have allergies or asthma. If you suffer from allergies or asthma and suspect that there is a pest infestation at your home, take immediate action to eliminate the pests.
A visit to an allergist or immunologist in the case of allergies can help you identify the cause of your symptoms. Allergy caused by insects is the same as other allergy symptoms. Common symptoms include:
- Itchy nose and eyes
- Scratchy throat
Pest Control Solutions
To keep your family and yourself safe, you must rid your yard and home of any potentially dangerous insects. This is especially true if there are large colonies. You can use preventative pest control measures to keep pests out of your home and landscape.
A professional pest control service can provide regular visits to keep your home and garden free from insects and the associated health risks.
Our team of pest control experts can help you keep your home free from pests. Call Zap Pest Control Inc. now
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