Bugs can be irritating enough, but they can be far more threatening to your health if you or your family members have allergies. Allergies to bug bites and stings are not uncommon, and knowing the symptoms of an allergic reaction is important, especially if you have never had a full battery of allergy tests from your doctor. It’s also wise to know more about some of the insects that can commonly cause allergic reactions.
And if you do suspect an insect problem in or around your home, it’s time to call in an exterminator from Action Pest Exterminating. Our pest control teams are ready to assist you!
Symptoms of Allergies
Itching and swelling: In addition to pain, an insect bite or sting can cause itching and swelling. This alone may not be an indicator of an allergy. If that itching and swelling spreads to other areas of the body, that can be a problem. Swelling of the lips, tongue, face, and eyelids when the sting site is nowhere near there is a cause for alarm and a sign of a serious allergy.
Abdominal issues: If someone experiences abdominal issues, like cramps, nausea, or vomiting, after a bug bite or sting, that’s another sign of an allergic reaction. Most people do not experience these symptoms after a simple bug bite or sting, so it’s certainly an indicator of a larger health problem that needs to be addressed.
Breathing problems: A sting or bite can also cause breathing problems in someone who is allergic. If you have issues catching your breath or experience tightness in your chest after an encounter with bugs, you may have an allergy.
Anaphylaxis: This is a sign of an incredibly dangerous allergy. Anaphylaxis can impair breathing and cause you to pass out or go into shock. Without medical intervention, it can even lead to cardiac arrest and death. Allergies to bugs need to be taken seriously.
Types of Bugs That Can Cause a Reaction
Stinging insects: Many types of bugs that sting can cause an allergic reaction, and these are probably the bug allergies you hear about most often. Honeybees and similar bugs, like wasps and hornets, can cause an allergic reaction with their venom, but our black and yellow friends aren’t the only potential issue. Fire ants can also cause painful stings that trigger an allergic reaction. If you or someone in your family have allergies to stinging insects, you need to be vigilant.
Biting insects: Biting insects like mosquitoes, horseflies, and fleas can also cause allergic reactions in some people.
House insects: Some insects that invade your home can cause allergic reactions, like runny noses and shortness of breath, due to the debris they leave behind. As if you needed another reason to get rid of roaches.
Your Home Pest Control Experts in Charlotte, NC
So if you have spotted pests around your home and you worry about the allergies of you or your family members, give Action Pest Exterminating a call. We offer preventative pest control Charlotte, NC families have come to rely on, and we’ll help you nip these allergy issues in the bud.