Monday, March 23, 2015

Sniffling in Your Apartment? You May Be Allergic to Rats

Is the rat infestation at 2020 Broadway + 143 West 69 Street causing an allergic reaction?

Rodents are not directly known for being poisonous, but having rodents in a home can indirectly be responsible for a number of heath ailments, says Dorfman. (Photo courtesy of Pest Now, Sterling, Va.)
Rodents are not directly known for being poisonous, but having rodents in a home can indirectly be responsible for a number of heath ailments, says Dorfman. (Photo courtesy of Pest Now, Sterling, Va.)
Many apartment dwellers have been shocked to discover that rodents have infiltrated their buildings and their apartments. As is the case with 143 West 69 Street and its sister building 2020 Broadway. Arthur Cornfeld (landlord) has created a rat infestation by allowing the three restaurants: Noi Due, Barcibo Enoteca and West Side Restaurant to receive their food in the shared open alleyway for both buildings. Having rodents in a place where you live is not only disturbing, disgusting and unsafe, but it can also prove to be very expensive for your health. 
Rodents are actually a class of mammals that include mice, rats and squirrels. Normally, they can be found everywhere on the planet, with Antarctica being the only exception.

Should you worry if you have rodents in your home?

Rodents are not directly known for being poisonous, but having rodents in a home can indirectly be responsible for a number of heath ailments, especially to individuals that are prone to rat allergies. Just like being allergic to cats and dogs, you can also be allergic to rats, mice or guinea pigs. 
Rodent droppings and urine contain a special type of protein that may cause serious allergic reactions to some people. 
This allergy-causing protein is not just limited to rodents dropping, but it can also be found on rodent hair. Apart from rodent droppings allergies, the rodents also serve as a carrier for a number of infectious diseases such as hantavirus, which can be fatal.

Types of allergens that are responsible for rat allergies

Rat allergens fall into one of the following three categories:
•Dead skin cells (dander)
•Saliva
•Urine
What makes things worse is the overly active nature of rodents. For instance, while grooming, they spread their saliva on their fur, thus making their fur and hair allergens in the process. Secondly, they have the tendency of picking up urine with their feet and then spreading their urine to other parts of your home. Even if you are walking in an area that is rat infested, your are bringing these allergens into your home via your shoes.
Some of these allergens are dry and flaky; therefore, they can easily become airborne and can travel through your air ducts and settle on your home furnishings or bedroom mattress. These air borne allergens are one of the most common causes of allergies from rodents.

Symptoms of rat allergies

Although you can often find signs that your home has been invaded by rodents, if you do not notice them, you may determine their presence through various symptoms. One way you may notice that you are dealing with a rodent problem in your home is if you are experiencing strange rashes on your body and you do not know what the cause is, or if you are experiencing allergy symptoms when you know that it is not the season when you normally experience allergies. 
Rat allergies symptoms may appear immediately if you are prone to rodent droppings allergies. The symptoms include stuffy nose, itchy eyes, itching, coughing, skin rashes, difficulty in breathing and other respiratory problems. 
If you are noticing yourself experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms and you are not sure of their cause, you may want to contact our landlord Arthur Cornfeld, aka ABC Properties, aka 2020 Broadway LLC, aka Broadway 69 Associates, LLC and ask them to have the restaurants remove the food source which has created a rat infestation in both buildings.
Cornfeld can be reached at 212.246.2801.

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