Understanding These Tiny Home Invaders
If you’re one of the millions of Allergy Partners patients who are experiencing seasonal allergies due to Multi-Colored Asian Lady Beetles, don't worry! We’re here to help you understand more about this type of allergy, its symptoms, and what tools you can use to manage it. With a few simple solutions and an understanding of the underlying causes, our expert tips will guide you in finding relief from these pesky bugs. Let's get started together on combatting those annoying Multi-Colored Asian Lady Beetle allergies!
What Are These Beetles?
Since the early 20th century, Multi-Colored Asian Lady Beetles have infiltrated many parts of the United States. Not only are they present in places like the Upper Mid-West and East Coast, but their tenacity has even allowed them to outcompete native species for resources and habitat. In some regions, this exotic insect has become a force that cannot be ignored.
Come colder weather, Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles (MALB) are on the hunt for warm homes with light-colored walls and a south or southwest-facing side. As they swarm in to keep cozy, these invasive insects can appear by the hundreds and even up to the thousands. Not only does their presence create an annoying buzz, but when startled, MALBs release a stinky fluid from their leg joints. Moreover, you'll also have some dead bugs left to clean after surviving members leave, so guard those doors closely!
Types of Allergic Reactions
Studies suggest that exposure to MALB may result in a variety of allergic reactions. By examining allergens extracted from crushed beetles and identifying antibodies, scientists found a strong connection between Ladybug allergen-specific IgE antibodies and German cockroach allergen-specific IgE, indicating potential sensitization or allergy development through inhalation, contact with the insects themselves or even being bitten by them.
Fall and winter can be difficult for those allergic to MALB, as the seasonal allergens usually associated with that time of year actually originate indoors! It's important to work closely with your allergist in order to better understand exactly what could cause a reaction. Unfortunately, no commercial extract is currently available for skin testing; however, there is a blood test should you wish to use it. With knowledge on hand and accurate diagnostics, managing an indoor allergen allergy becomes much more manageable, even during the fall and winter months.
Allergy Partners Has the Answers
Managing MALB allergy requires a proactive approach. For the best results, consult with your local Allergy Partners team and consider enlisting the help of an experienced contractor to seal entry points in your home as well as engaging professional removal services for any existing insects. By taking these measures now, you can reduce discomfort from allergic reactions down the line.The first step to finding relief from allergies is to schedule an appointment with Allergy Partners to understand what is causing your symptoms. Find a location today!