Many of us harbor a foreboding with near allergic reactions to those members of the lower orders, particularly insects (six legs) and arachnids (eight limbs). Though there are some spiders with venom that is universally unpleasant for the human family, many are at most irritants and nuisances. However, we tend to shy away from even the non-venomous if they want to share our domicile with us. Nature is good, outside, not inside with us. But there are exceptions even with the more benign creatures.
Anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction to some chemicals and is also referred to as Anaphylactic Shock. This is brought about as the immune system dumps quantities of chemicals that flood the body on exposure to an allergen. Some of the symptoms include:
• Skin reactions like hives, flushed skin or paleness
• Temperature, suddenly feeling to warm
• Swallowing difficulty with a feeling you have a lump in your throat
• Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
• Abdominal pain
• Weakened and rapid pulse
• Swollen tongue and/or lips
• Breathing difficulty, wheezing, struggling for breath
• Tingling hands, feet, mouth or scalp
• A sense that there something really wrong with your body, dizziness, confusion or loss of consciousness.
• Feeling weak.
And bugs can cause this. Those with allergies are very susceptible to the presence of insects or a possible allergy connected to venoms and saliva.
Pests that Cause Allergies
Fire ants are notorious for causing severe allergic reactions. Normally bee stings and most spider and scorpion attacks cause discomfort and irritation. But to those who are allergic, they can be literally deadly.
The typical roach, as disgusting as they are for most of us are not venomous and are happily chewing the glues that bind our books and are basically benign. It is what grows on them that is dangerous. Molds, fungus, and bacteria are all over the bodies of roaches. Disease spreading organisms and allergens abound causing at least discomfort but for these susceptible perhaps affecting their mortality more than the mere inconvenience of sneezes and sniffles.
Asian Lady Beetle Allergies
Many allergy sufferers may be threatened by insect venoms and allergens. These may cause anaphylaxes in some of us. Even critters that are beneficial, like the Asian lady beetle. The ladybug in some areas migrates into homes to winter the cold season. The infestation starts in late fall and remains until spring. They’re just trying to get in out of the cold. But they emit an acrid odor and release a defensive chemical if molested that leaves a yellow stain. All of these put together are attributed to asthma and eye irritation when an infestation occurs. For health reasons, these normally beneficial and benign neighbors need to be controlled if they decide to move in with us.
Biting Insects & Pests
Then there are those vampiric creatures that consider us prey. Bed bugs, kissing bugs, mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. For these guys, we are a walking smorgasbord and prime for lunch. The main problem with insects in the home is that many of them are disease carriers or give off allergens that affect our health. Outside yes. Inside no! Ants are a big problem, fire ants have been known to overcome small pets, probably one of the few insects that represent a problem when outside and need attention. These little guys also may suppress other ecologically beneficial species. Other species like some ants and termites are destructive to the structure of your home as well.
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