Pests Might Be Behind Your Allergy Symptoms

This Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, the National Pest Management Association is sharing how pests can trigger symptoms.

FAIRFAX, Va. (May 3, 2022) – As beautiful spring weather allows Americans to spend more time outdoors, pollen from trees and flowers unfortunately trigger many people’s seasonal allergies. From itchy eyes to sinus congestion, millions of Americans report experiencing allergy symptoms each spring. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) fittingly designates each May as Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is sharing how household pests can also contribute to seasonal allergies and asthma.

“Most people understand the connection between pollen and allergies, but not many people are aware of how pests can also exacerbate allergic reactions and asthma attacks,” shares Cindy Mannes, senior vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Household pests including cockroaches, dust mites and rodents can be detrimental to public health, especially for those who suffer from allergies or asthma.”

This Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, NPMA is educating homeowners on how to prevent pests that can trigger allergic reactions:


Proteins found in cockroaches' feces, saliva and body parts can cause allergic reactions or trigger asthma symptoms, particularly in children. Because cockroaches are attracted to moisture and food, make sure your home is well-ventilated and keep floors and surfaces clean.

Dust Mites

Over half of people with asthma may show symptoms when living with house dust mites. Their discarded skins and feces may cause respiratory constriction. Routinely changing bed sheets and thoroughly dusting and vacuuming your home can help reduce these triggers.


Rodents' feces and dander can trigger allergic reactions and asthma symptoms. Eliminate potential points of entry by sealing cracks or holes in exterior walls with caulk or steel wool.

For more information about protecting your home or to find a pest control professional in your area, visit


About the National Pest Management Association
The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 5,500 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property from the diseases and dangers of pests. For more information, visit or follow @PestWorld on FacebookTwitterPinterestTikTok and YouTube.