Protect Your Home Against Pests to Prevent Allergies and Asthma

Eliminating Pests to Prevent Allergies and Asthma This Spring

Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America designates May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, an ideal time to educate the public about triggers, prevention and treatment measures for asthma and allergic diseases. In recognition of this important observation, we want to remind people that a few simple pest prevention measures can go a long way in combating allergies and asthma this spring.

Common household pests, such as cockroaches and stinging insects, can pose a significant threat to asthma and allergy sufferers. Cockroach droppings, saliva, shed skins and other body parts contain allergen proteins known to cause allergy flare-ups and increase asthma symptoms, especially in children. In addition, stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year due to serious reactions from the pest’s venom.

Many people blame their sneezing and runny noses during the spring season on pollen and grass, however, household pests are often culprits as well. It’s important for people to make an effort to keep the home free of potential triggers, and the first step is practicing good sanitation.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends the following tips for safeguarding homes against common indoor allergens caused by pests:

  • Exclude pests by sealing cracks and gaps on the outside of the home. Pay special attention to utility pipe entry points.
  • Vacuum at least once a week using a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate) filter.
  • Keep food sealed and stored properly, and clean kitchen floors and counters daily.
  • Dispose of garbage regularly and store in sealed containers.
  • If allergic to stinging insects, learn how to use an epinephrine kit and carry it with you at all times.
  • Should you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction following a stinging insect encounter, such as tongue and throat swelling, wheezing, dizziness, or shortness of breath, call 911.
  • If you suspect an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to safely remove the threat.
Source: NPMA

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10 Fascinating Facts about Cockroaches

10 Fascinating Facts about Cockroaches

It’s no secret that cockroaches are thought to be one of the most disgusting pests.  They are known to carry up to 33 different kinds of bacteria that they spread around and contaminate food and surfaces.  Roaches are also responsible for causing allergies and triggering asthma attacks, especially in children.  Studies say that up to 5 million children are sensitive to cockroaches.

Behind the undesirable cockroach are many unique features.  Here are 10 Fascinating Facts about Cockroaches:

  1. There are 5,000 species of cockroaches in the world.
  2. It is believed roaches originated more than 280 million years ago.
  3. Allergies and asthma can be brought on by breathing in pieces of broken down cockroaches.
  4. Germans call the German cockroach the Prussian cockroach.
  5. The American cockroach likes alcoholic drinks, especially beer.
  6. Cockroaches can run up to 3 mph.
  7. A roach can live 1 week without it’s head.  It only dies because it can’t eat without it’s mouth.
  8. According to historical accounts, roaches have been used as medicines by grinding up and boiling them.
  9. Cockroaches like glue.
  10. Some females mate only once and remain pregnant for the rest of their lives.

For more fascinating facts on cockroaches visit our sources at NPMA and Hubpages.

 

 

PSA: Common Household Pests Incite Allergies & Asthma

PestWorld.org and The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America have teamed up for a public service announcement to warn homeowner’s of the dangers of allergens in the home caused by pests and rodents.  Common household pests such as cockroaches and mice are responsible for inciting allergies and aggravating asthma.  In fact, 63% of homes contain cockroach allergens.  That number increases to 78%-98% in urban areas.  82% of homes have asthma triggers spread by mice.

Watch NPMA’s public service announcement below:

Keep your family (children are especially at risk) and home safe by keeping your home pest free, call Northwest Exterminating. For more information visit pestworld.org or The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

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April is National Pest Management Month!

Monday, April 1, 2013

This April, the National Pest Management Association encourages homeowners to take precautions against common pests

FAIRFAX, VA – The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) celebrates April as National Pest Management Month, an observance that’s been taking place for more than 30 years to recognize the pest management industry for its commitment to the protection of public health and property from common household pests.

“Whether it’s rodents, ants, termites, bed bugs or cockroaches, pest professionals play an important role in preserving our quality of life,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “We’d like to recognize these men and women for all they do to keep our families and homes safe from unwanted pests not just during National Pest Management Month, but year-round.”

This April, homeowners are reminded to pest-proof their home in preparation for the upcoming pest season. NPMA experts recommend the following tips:

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes.
  • Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles.
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows.
  • Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
  • Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground.
  • Eliminate sources of standing water around the house, including birdbaths and in clogged gutters.
  • Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Keep kitchen counters clean, and store food in sealed containers.
  • Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
  • Avoid leaving pet’s food dishes out for long periods of time.

“As the weather continues to get warmer, pests will begin to emerge from their overwintering sites and look for food indoors. National Pest Management Month comes at the perfect time to make pest-proofing a priority to prevent an infestation during the spring and summer seasons,” added Henriksen.

For more information on National Pest Management Month or for information on common household pests, please visit Pestworld.org.

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property.

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3 New Cockroach Species Discovered

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NBCNews.com has reported that researchers found three new cockroaches to add to a list of more than 4,000 living species in the world. These yellow-bodied creatures are the first of the genus Pseudophoraspism to be found in China.

In the United States, there are about 70 cockroach species, with German cockroaches being the most common.

Experts at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) encourage homeowners to practice good sanitation to prevent a cockroach infestation. Specifically, people should keep garbage in sealed containers, check under appliances and sinks for moisture, properly ventilate crawl spaces and seal cracks around the outside of the home.

– http://www.pestworld.org/news-and-views/pest-news/news/three-new-cockroach-species-discovered/

For more information on common cockroaches found in the US, visit out PEST ID page by clicking HERE.

 

 

Q & A: Is My Refrigerator Attracting Roaches?

Q: I have been cleaning and seems that every time I clean the kitchen there’s more and more cockroaches.  The owner from my apartment said it may be the refrigerator that is causing heat to attract more roaches.  Is this true?

German CockroachA: It sounds like you may be dealing with a German Roach infestation. German roaches are found in apartment communities often and usually require multiple treatments, as well as, some sanitation to eliminate them. Roaches are attracted to water, food, shelter, and when it’s cold…heat.  It is common to find a concentration of roaches in and around the appliances.  They are attracted to places like the refrigerator but that is not the cause of the infestation.  We strongly recommend a pest service or inspection to identify the issue.  Call your pest control management company to come out and properly identify the source of the infestation.  Together, you and Northwest Exterminating can come up with the right solution for your home.

 

N.C. State Examines Why Cockroaches Groom Themselves

Humans and pets aren’t the only things getting groomed.  Researchers at NC State explain why cockroaches spend so much time in the grooming department.  Read below…

Like a self-absorbed teenager, insects spend a lot of time grooming. In a study that delves into the mechanisms behind this common function, North Carolina State University researchers show that insect grooming — specifically, antennal cleaning — removes both environmental pollutants and chemicals produced by the insects themselves.

The findings, published online this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that grooming helps insects maintain acute olfactory senses that are responsible for a host of functions, including finding food, sensing danger and even locating a suitable mate.

The findings could also explain why certain types of insecticides work more effectively than others.
Insects groom themselves incessantly, so NC State entomologist Coby Schal and post-doctoral researchers Katalin Boroczky and Ayako Wada-Katsumata wanted to explore the functions of this behavior.

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Source: Science Daily

 

February’s Pest of the Month – Roaches

Roaches are often referred to as wRoachaterbugs. These bugs enter homes and commercial kitchens in search of food, water, and shelter.

Habits

  • Enter through cracks and crevices
  •  Enter by way of boxes, containers, etc.
  •  Commonly found in areas with water such as kitchens and bathrooms

Different Species

Threats

  • Cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens
  •  Cockroach allergens trigger allergic reactions
  •  Have shown to cause asthma in children
  •  Pick up germs while crawling though decaying matter or sewage and carry those germs onto foods or other surfaces

Prevention

  • Reduce moisture by fixing leaky drains and pipes, properly ventilate basements and crawlspaces
  • Brush all firewood before bringing it into your home – many insects lay eggs on firewood
  • Clean kitchen counters regularly of spills and crumbs
  • Clean dishes immediately after use
  • Vacuum often
  • Keep garbage in sealed containers and dispose often
  • Keep food seals and stored properly
  • Seal cracks and crevices that roaches could use as entry points into a structure

Other Pests to Look Out for

 

Northwest Exterminating’s 2013 Pest Calendar

Northwest Exterminating recently added another tool to our website that will benefit business and homeowners.  The 2013 Pest Calendar is available for printing and download on our site.  Each month we highlight a particular pest that is often seen at that time of the year.  Along with a visual reference, we offer some little known facts about the pest.

We cover squirrels, cockroaches, termites, carpenter bees, mosquitoes, bed bugs, fire ants, fleas/ticks, stink bugs/kudzu bugs, spiders, rats, and raccoons.

We hope this will serve as a useful tool to our customers and those that visit our site at www.callnorthwest.com

Go to our website and check out our 2013 Pest Calendar!

Pest Calendar

 

Tips for Preventing Cockroaches

Smokey Brown CockroachBelow are 5 key tips to preventing cockroaches from moving into your home:

  1. Reduce the clutter in your home – By eliminating clutter you eliminate feeding and hiding spots for roaches and other pests.  It also allows you to see pests easier with clutter out of the way.
  2. Seal Cracks and Crevices in the Kitchen and Bathroom – Roaches hide out in cracks and crevices so by sealing them off, it prevents them from having a place to stay.
  3. Eliminate Moisture – Eliminating moisture takes away roaches and other pests water sources.  Fix leaky faucets and standing areas of water.
  4. Clean Messes – Wipe up spills and messes immediately.
  5. Empty Trash – Remove trash from house on a regular basis and place in a tightly sealed garbage can outside of the home.

If you have a cockroach infestation in your home, call a professional exterminating company to get rid of the cockroaches as soon as possible.