While many people are prepared for the hassles of spring allergies, fall allergies can be equally debilitating – and for some reason, they always seem to sneak up on us! Below, we’ll discuss some of the most common fall allergens in the metro Atlanta area, and offer some steps you can take to help minimize the effect of allergens in your home.
While molds can be an issue nearly any time of year, they become an issue in the Georgia climate in the fall, where they can thrive in warm, moist leave and compost piles. Mold spores are especially problematic as they are microscopic and very light weight – so they are easily made airborne and inhaled.
Plants and Grasses
In Fulton and DeKalb Counties, the groundseltree as well as several grasses, including the common Timothy, Upland Bent, and, believe it or not, corn, are also known to cause allergies in the autumn. For more information as to where these plants thrive, check out this resource from the Pollen Library.
This is the big one! If you’ve got the classic runny nose and itchy or watery eyes, ragweed is likely to blame. In a single season, one ragweed plant alone can produce up to a billion pollen grains – each of which can travel up to 400 miles is the wind. Ragweed plants are hearty and can thrive nearly anywhere for a short time. These are just a few ways it’s the most common fall allergen through most of the United States, including the Metro Atlanta area. In fact – it is estimated that 75% of spring allergy sufferers will also be impacted by ragweed.
Minimizing Impact In Your Home
If you find yourself reacting to fall allergens, there are several steps you can take in order to decrease their impact on you and your family in your home:
- Minimize your time outside on windy days. Tiny spores and pollen grains are rampant in the air on windy days and will further aggravate your fall allergies.
- Shower and change when you arrive home. Allergens like spores and pollen grains stick to your clothes and in your hair. It’s a good idea to shower and change as soon as you enter your home after being out for a while – especially before you sit on any upholstery.
- Get your carpets and upholstery cleaned. Allergens love fabric, and upholstery and carpet fibers make excellent homes, especially because foot traffic and sitting and standing can make settled allergens airborne again. Professional deep cleaning of your carpet and upholstery can remove these allergens.
- Have your air ducts cleaned. Allergens, especially mold, can hide in your air ducts. It’s good practice to have them professionally cleaned annually, and particularly any time you are experiencing a reaction to seasonal allergens.
- Call Serv R Us for your fall allergen removal needs. Our experts are trained in air duct cleaning, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, and allergen removal. Call to schedule a consultation or cleaning at 678-253-7980, or schedule an appointment online here: https://www.servrus.com.