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Cockroaches & Asthma: What you need to know
Cockroaches are unpleasant pests found in homes and businesses throughout Granite City, IL. Some people are slightly afraid of roaches, but most people are simply disgusted at the sight of a roach. It is known that roaches can spread a variety of diseases, but many people may not realize they also can aggravate a person’s allergies and asthma.
The feces, saliva, and shedding body parts of cockroaches can trigger and aggravate symptoms of allergies and asthma. Just like dust mites, when these allergens are stirred up into the air, a person’s symptoms can become much worse. Unfortunately, cockroach removal can be challenging. A roach is extremely resilience, which can make it difficult to kill with home or non-commercial pest control treatments.
Some species of roaches can withstand extremely cold temperatures, so they survive the freezing winters of Granite City, IL. Roaches can also live up to a week after losing its head and hold its break for over 30 seconds. Therefore, if your allergy or asthma symptoms worsen or you see evidence of roaches, you need to contact our office to discuss pest treatments that can get rid of your roach problem.
Common Cockroach Allergy and Asthma Symptoms
A potential sign that you may have a pest control issue is allergy or asthma symptoms that become chronic or last longer than seasonal allergies. Common roach asthma and allergy symptoms include:
- Sinus infection
- Chest pain
- Trouble getting a deep breath
- Persistent coughing
- Skin rash
- Nasal congestion
- Ear infections
If you suffer any of these symptoms, check with your doctor for treatments and possibly a referral for a cockroach allergy test. Of course, one of the ways to treat and prevent problems with asthma caused by roaches is to call for pest removal.
Ways to Treat and Prevent Cockroaches
Even the cleanest home or business can have a roach problem. However, keeping your house clean, including all kitchen surfaces can help prevent roaches. Keep all garbage cans sealed tightly, seal all food containers, and repair any leaky faucets that could provide access to water. Lastly, avoid piles of anything in your home. Roaches are attracted to piles of clothes, old newspapers, boxes, etc.
Another excellent way to prevent cockroaches is to have regular pest treatments from an experienced pest control company in Granite City, IL. Imel Pest Control provides roach removal services and pest control services. Our 5-star protection plan and 60-day service warranty mean you can trust our pest control specialists to make sure your home or business is protected from roaches and other pests.
Tips for termites in Godfrey, IL
Termites are more than just a nuisance; they can cause serious damage to your home. Termites love to nest where the foundation of your home meets the soil; the wood your house is made of is the perfect food source for them. This is why it’s so important to take steps to keep termites away from your home. While there is no 100% guaranteed method to keep termites away, we do have some tips that can help.
Termites thrive on moisture. To keep them away from your home, make sure there are no areas where excess moisture is collecting—especially near the foundation. This means repairing any faucets or pipes that may be leaking, making sure there are no drainage problems with your yard, keeping gutters and downspouts clean, and making sure your AC isn’t draining excess moisture near the foundation.
Keep up on Repairs
All it takes is a small crack or hole for a termite to find its way inside your home. Keeping up on small repairs is a good way to prevent a termite infestation in your home. Repair cracked roof tiles and damage near the foundation to keep termites away. You should also regularly inspect wooden beams and floorboards for termite damage. Do this by pressing a thumb against them to check for softness.
Separate Wood & Your Home
If you use a wood stove as your heat source, make sure you’re not keeping your wood pile too close to the foundation of your home. Stacks of wood give these insects a good spot to nest and an endless food source, so they’re a likely spot for them to hide out when stacked near your foundation. Also, make sure any debris or detritus material stays in piles away from the home and its foundation.
In Case of Emergency
Preventive measures can greatly reduce your risk of a termite infestation, but it may still happen. If you notice termites in parts of your Godfrey, IL home or find wood that’s been damaged by termites, call the pest control pros at Imel Pest Control, Inc. to have your home inspected right away. The key to minimizing termite damage is catching it as early as possible, so it’s important to schedule an inspection as soon as possible.
Check out these pest prevention tips
As the calendar turns to April, many people are starting to realize their winter dreams of backyard barbecues and long, sunny afternoons. However, if pests had it their way, they’ll crash the party before you even start to enjoy the warmer temperatures, bringing with them their colonies, disease and other health hazards. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. We’re here to tell you that there are methods you can use to cut down on your insect problems this season. While there are many things that you can do, here are the top five pest prevention tips to keep your home free of insects this spring and summer!
Seal Doors, Windows & Openings
First, it’s smart to seal any openings that an insect may use to gain access to your home. Start with the obvious places, doors and windows, and move to lesser-thought-of areas like around plumbing, light sockets and other tiny spaces you can find throughout your home. From a tiny crack in the wall to the space underneath your door, it’s important to seal off any and all access points that you can find!
Keep Clean & Tidy
When pests make their way inside the home, they’re usually looking for two things – food and shelter. Don’t aid their search by leaving out old food containers, leftovers or even crumbs. Additionally, clean up all clutter, such as piles of clothing and unread mail, to ensure there are no places for these critters to hide and reproduce.
Fix Plumbing Leaks
Many insects are drawn to damp environments, which makes your pipes and space around any plumbing fixture a place that could be targeted by bugs. Insulate pipes with foam insulation to cover condensation and fix any leaks that could be attracting insects. You want to be relaxing by the water all summer, not providing a resort for pests to enjoy inside your home.
There are many things that you can do inside the home for pest prevention. However, there are somethings you can do outside the home, as well. Keeping a yard that’s clear of brush piles, log piles, and other detritus materials. Moreover, any organic material left near or up against the home (like a pile of logs) could harbor an entire colony and provide an easy access point for termites, rodents and more.
Call a Professional
While the other tips can be highly effective at preventing insects, they only real way to keep your home bug-free is to call the professionals for pest treatments that are catered to your specific needs. Professional pest control specialists can identify your risk areas, find current infestation and provide treatments for both. Contact Imel in the Columbia, IL area for more about how professional pest control can benefit you!