Spring Allergies: Cockroaches & Rodents

Rodents may trigger allergies. Learn more with Blue Chip Pest Services in St. Louis MO

Most people associate rodents and cockroaches with food contamination but did you know that these pests also serve as sources for allergens? That’s right. Allergen proteins have been found in the saliva, droppings, and decomposed bodies of cockroaches. They’ve also been known to appear in the hair and droppings of rodents. The allergen proteins found in these pests are known to aggravate symptoms, affect breathing and cause itchiness.
With spring allergy season underway here in St. Louis, it’s important to be aware of the potential pest allergens in your environment. The experts at Blue Chip Pest Services are here to share all you need to know about spring allergies and pests.

Pests & Seasonal Allergies

Over the past few decades, research has shown that certain types of pests may trigger allergies in people. The main culprit? The cockroach! Roach droppings, saliva, shed skin, and other parts contain allergen proteins. When you have a cockroach problem in your home or business, those allergens can contribute to allergic reactions and trigger asthma symptoms, particularly in children!

Along with cockroaches, rodent activity can be linked to triggering allergies. Saliva, skin, and urine from rats or mice have been known to cause allergy symptoms for many people, especially children. Dealing with a rodent infestation in your home can lead to an increased risk of suffering from a number of allergy symptoms: runny nose, itchy eyes, and more.

Tips to Prevent Pest Allergens

To prevent pest allergens, you need to prevent pests altogether! Simple pest prevention methods can work to reduce the number of pest allergens in your home. The top ways to reduce these pests, as well as their allergens, include: doing this and that

  1. Keeping all food sealed in airtight containers.
  2. Regularly take out the garbage.
  3. Clean up all crumbs in the kitchen.
  4. Store boxes off the floor and on proper shelving.
  5. Vacuum on a regular basis.
  6. Wipe down kitchen counters daily.
  7. Clean out pet food bowls regularly.


Spring Pest Prevention Services

Pest infestations can be hazardous for a number of reasons. If you want to avoid the many dangers of pests year-round, allergies included, it’s best to team up with your local exterminators. At Blue Chip Pest Services, we are dedicated to keeping our communities pest-free and families safe from the dangers pests bring all year long. Contact us today to learn how we can help prevent pests in your home this spring!

Best Questions to Ask When Hiring a Pest Control Company

Questions to ask when hiring a pest control company in St. Louis MO - Blue Chip Pest Services

It can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to choosing a new pest control company. With so many options available in our region, how do you know you’re hiring the right people? In general, there are several things to look for in a pest control company: IPM practices, transparent reviews (that reveal a high rating), and regular services. In this blog post, we are sharing the top 4 questions you should always ask when hiring a pest control company to take care of your home or business. Read on to learn more with Blue Chip Pest Services!

Are the pest control treatments you use safe?

You can trust an exterminator knows how to safely administer pest control treatment. Always look for a pest control company that:

  • Uses EPA-approved products
  • Is committed to an eco-friendly approach
  • Focuses on pest prevention and IPM practices


Are your pest control specialists licensed and trained?

A trustworthy company will be able to show that they have comparable licenses and insurance to the most established and reputable exterminators. It’s crucial that your trusted company has liability insurance to protect you against any further damage that is caused to your property during the extermination process. When you choose a company like Blue Chip Pest Services, we are more than happy to share all of our accreditations with you!

What is your pest control process?

Pest control pros know there is no one-size-fits-all solution for every pest infestation. Always look for a company that will work with you to customize a pest control plan suited to the unique needs of your home or business. This is best done with:

  • Regular inspections of your property to pinpoint pest problems or issues that may contribute to future pest problems.
  • Customized pest control plans that focus on targeted treatments around your home and exclusion efforts to keep pests away.
  • Open communication. A good pest control company is transparent with you about the treatments needed on your property.


Will you keep pests away for good?

Pest prevention is the key to pest control! A trusted pest control company will not only work to eliminate active infestations, but also to implement prevention methods to keep them away for good. Always look for companies that abide by IPM practices, and for those that offer quarterly or annual pest control services.

St Louis’s Top Pest Control Company

At Blue Chip Pest Services, we are proud to be upfront with our customers about our treatments, processes, prices, reviews, and more. In order to earn our customers’ trust, we are happy to work with them through every step of the process. Contact our experts today to get started!