If you or anyone in your family has allergies, you know how difficult they are to manage. Allergens in the home can hide in unexpected places. Dust mites, mold, pet dander, roaches, rodents, and pollen brought in from the outdoors can make you itchy, sneezy, and stuffy in your home. There are a surprising number of allergen triggers that are hiding in your home all year long.
As pest control experts dedicated to keeping your family safe and comfortable in your home, we’d love to pass along some helpful tips that will help keep these triggers at bay. This list goes room by room, so you and your family can limit your exposure to crippling allergies.
- Clean up spills. Don’t let leaky sinks, spills, and collection of water in damp places like your dishwasher keep you down. Roaches are drawn to water, and their droppings and microscopic sheddings can trigger asthma and allergic reactions.
- Cabinets and counters. These surfaces should regularly be cleaned with detergent and water to wipe away food residue. Not only does this protect against food allergy contamination, but it keeps roaches and other pests out of your kitchen.
- Pet food. Don’t leave pet food and water out overnight. Mold and mildew can settle into leftover food and water, and the smell will attract rodents, roaches, and other bugs.
- Curtains and blinds. Use washable curtains that are made of plain cotton or synthetic fabric, so allergens don’t collect and keep you sneezing. An alternative to this is to use metallic blinds that are easy to clean.
- Carpet. You might love your soft floors, but almost every allergen trigger finds comfort in carpet. Dust, pollen, and pet dander are easily stored here, and walking over it releases them into the air.
- Furniture. Either vacuum your upholstered sofas and chairs regularly, or switch them out for furniture that’s made of leather, wood, metal, or plastic.
- Steam clean. Don’t just shampoo your rugs! Steam clean them periodically for the best protection against allergen triggers.
- Humidity. Keep the humidity of your home at 50% or below by using a dehumidifier or air conditioner.
- Bedding. Pillows, mattresses, and box springs should be encased in dust-mite proof covers. Wash your your sheets regularly, at least once a week, and in water that’s hotter than 130 degrees.
- Clutter. Try to get rid of items like knickknacks, books, magazines, and tabletop ornaments that collect dust. Don’t let the area under your bed get stuffed with random items you don’t need.
- Vacuum. Vacuum once a week to remove dust and crumbs. Investing in a high quality vacuum will make your home more hospitable for guests and less hospitable for pests.
- Pets. It might be hard to do, but keep pets out of your bedroom. They’re bound to bring dirt and dander into your room and make your allergies worse.
- Stuffed animals. Don’t have any stuffed animals in the house that can’t be washed in a washing machine.
- Ventilation. Make sure your bathroom has plenty of fresh air. Using fans to dissipate shower steam and other moisture can help reduce the risk of mold.
- Replace filters. Check your air filters often and replace older ones. Air quality is important to reducing allergen triggers.
- Ditch your dry cloth. Using a dry cloth for cleaning can spread allergens and circulate dust.
- Clean your A/C Unit. Letting leaves and other debris build up on your outdoor A/C unit can make it easy for mold spores to get into your house. Clean off the tops of your unit each Spring and Fall.
- Keep windows closed. There’s nothing like a warm spring breeze coming through an open window - unless that breeze is carrying pollen and other outdoor allergens into your home. If you suffer from environmental allergies, keep windows and doors closed during allergy season.
Keep Pests Out
Though it’s hard to completely eliminate all of these triggers, what you can do is manage them in your home. If roaches and other insects are making you or your family suffer, Defense Pest Control can help you breathe easy. Not only are our trained professionals adept at exterminating these pests, but we can treat your home to stop them from returning.
This blog was written by Ryan Michel, Owner of Defense Pest Control
Contact us today for more information on how Defense Pest can rid your home of pests for good.