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A Spring Pest Sneeze Fest: 3 Household Pests That Can Trigger Sinus Allergies

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For nature, spring is a time of growth and vitality. Unfortunately, for many people, spring brings tears to the eyes. But pollen isn't the only cause of springtime allergies. Just as all animals thrive in the warmer spring months, household pests thrive too, breeding and multiplying in the safety afforded by households across Australia.

But these pests often go about their business unseen and undetected by unsuspecting humans. As such, if your sinus allergy symptoms have worsened despite your efforts to spend more time indoors, one or more of the following three pests could be to blame.

1. Dust Mites

Dust mites thrive in the warmer temperatures that come with spring. And like cockroaches and termites, they enjoy environments where humidity is high. Unfortunately for people with dust allergies and allergic rhinitis, dust mite faeces can trigger allergy symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes and runny noses.

And here's a fact that, like a dust allergy, will bring tears to your eyes: you shed enough skin each day to feed one million dust mites!

2. Cockroaches

Yet another allergen-producing pest that thrives in spring is the cockroach. Australia is home to many species of cockroach, but the worst home invaders are German cockroaches. If your home harbours a German cockroach colony, the warmer springtime weather will encourage female cockroaches to reproduce at a much faster rate than before.

As a result, the amount of cockroach saliva, faeces and shed skins littering the dark corners of your home will increase quickly. So even if you tend to stay indoors during days when the pollen count is high, you may find that your sinus allergy symptoms continue to plague you.

And just because you only see one or two cockroaches when you switch on a light at night doesn't mean that your infestation is a small one. Female German cockroaches can lay up to 40 eggs at a time. Moreover, young cockroaches are harder to spot, and as they mature over a three-month period, they shed their skins multiple times. That's a whole lot of allergens!

3. Mice

Another pest, albeit one that is quite a bit larger than the other two, is the mouse. Although mice breed all year round when living indoors with human landlords, they tend to breed even more during warmer weather.

And ust as with cockroaches and dust mites, mice produce plenty of allergens that plague sufferers of dust allergies and allergic rhinitis. However, if you look closely enough, for instance, behind appliances, behind furniture and along skirting boards, you should be able to discover evidence of mice with relative ease.

Research shows that allergies can bring you down and leave you at risk of depression. Don't let these springtime pests ruin what should be a time to rejoice. Call in the pest control professionals to ensure that your home is pest- and allergen-free this spring.

Reach out to a pest management company to learn more.