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Are Pests Making My Allergies Worse?

Seasonal allergies can come and go, but some pests can make your allergies appear year-round.

Pest control cannot cure your allergies altogether, but if you or your family are experiencing consistent allergy symptoms, contacting your local pest control professionals, maybe a good place to begin.

According to, more than 80% of homes in America suffer pest problems within a year. This means millions of Americans are potentially exposed to pests allergens.

Be on the lookout for these common pests that may trigger your indoor allergy symptoms.


Wild rats and mice are not a welcome surprise and can severely impact the sanitation in your home. They can carry diseases, such as Hantavirus, and can damage your home.

Besides the annoyance and diseases they may bring while scurrying through your home, they can also trigger allergic reactions.

Their droppings, urine, and salvia can be left in their tracks and impact your allergies when you come in contact with them.

Common symptoms from rat allergies include:

  • Itchy skin

  • Eczema

  • Nausea

  • Stuffy or runny nose

Rodent allergens can have an effect on both adults and children in your household. The most common type of rodents in the Sacramento area, include deer mice, house mice, sewer rats, and roof rats.

Many rats and mice can also carry fleas that carry diseases and contribute to allergies.

Dust Mites

Dust Mites are another common contributor to your indoor allergies. They are so small but can have a big impact. Visually you cannot see them with the naked eye, but their presence can be known with your allergy symptoms.

Millions of Americans are allergic to them. Allergic reactions from dust mites include watery eyes, runny noses, and constant coughing.

These pests thrive in the home environment because their food source is made up of mostly dead skin, and they are most comfortable in temperatures ranging from 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

They will make their homes everywhere in your household. Excess dust mites can also cause mold and severely impact your indoor air quality.


Roaches crawling around your home is not a sight anyone likes or wants to see. They are able to adapt to different temperatures and environments in your home, making it a common habitat for them.

They are attracted to warmth, darkness, moisture, and food. The nuisance they bring is just as bad as the diseases they can carry. Common diseases include the plague, dysentery, and gastroenteritis.

When these pests are crawling around your home, they can leave trails of waste or roach dust which comes from their shedding skiing, saliva, and feces.

The National Pest Management Association reports that 63 percent of homes in the United States contain cockroach allergens, and in urban areas, it can be even higher, between 78 percent and 98 percent.

Allergy symptoms from cockroaches can include:

  • Skin rashes

  • Coughing

  • Congestion

  • Ear infections

  • Itchy and watery eyes

  • Postnasal drip

If you recognize signs of a cockroach infestation, don’t wait, call your local pest control professional right away.

Eliminating Symptoms

The presence of these pests can impact your indoor air quality, which can also impact your asthma and other pre-existing respiratory conditions.

Pest control is not the solution to all allergies, and it cannot completely solve your symptoms.

Along with the annoyance from pests, the exposure to allergens and diseases they carry can be negatively influential to your health and the health of others in your household.

North American Pest Management, are experts within the Sacramento, California, and surrounding area that can provide top-notch pest control services. Call us at (916) 884-6620 for all your pest control needs.