Our Bulwark headquarters may be in Mesa, AZ, but we have a vested interest in the stories and happenings in all the cities across the country that we service. Earlier this week the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America released its Spring Allergy Capitals list. All cities are ranked across America, but only the top 100 are published. Cities are ranked using factors such as pollen ratios, medication consumption and certified allergists per capita.
According to the results, Jackson, MS will be the most challenging city to live with allergies this spring season. Fortunately, we don’t service in Mississippi.
However, we do service #2 and #3, Knoxville and Chattanooga, respectively. The report indicates that Red Cedar, Hackberry, Elm and Willow trees are major contributing factors to nearby pollination. These two cities are new to the Bulwark family as we officially began servicing customers in those areas as of April 1, 2013. Just in time for the allergy season!
From there, we jump to #21 with Tulsa, OK. And next is San Antonio at #24.
Rounding out the top 50 are both Charlotte and Greensboro, NC at #40 and #42, respectively.
At #55, we come back across the country to our most westward branch in the company, Las Vegas, NV. Houston follows close behind at #58 before we hop back across the state of Texas to Austin at #64.
Our Atlanta family ranks in at #72, just ahead of our mother-ship branch in Phoenix. Bulwark World Headquarters no-so-proudly comes across the line at #75. Yeah us!
Our last representing city is Raleigh, NC, who ranks in at #87.
The Top 10 Cities With Allergies
1. Jackson, MS
2. Knoxville, TN
3. Chattanooga, TN
4. McAllen, TX
5. Louisville, KY
6. Wichita, KS
7. Dayton, OH
8. Memphis, TN
9. Oklahoma City, OK
10. Baton Rouge, LA
There are lots of contributing ingredients that mix together for a wonderful serving of allergy season. The reports put out by the AAFA strongly suggests that local vegetation is the main reason these cities suffer the allergenic seasons that they do. That may in large part be true, but there are steps that you, the resident, can take to lower your own risk in your home to reduce the chance of suffering a sniffling and sneezy Spring.
Keep your filters up to date. And that means all the air filters that you come across during the day. Even the best air filters for the home only last up to three months, so make sure you are setting a reminder on your calendar to change them on time. Also, the air filters in your vehicles should be changed regularly according to the manufacturers recommendation.
It’s also worthy to note that spending just a few more dollars on any of those filters mentioned above greatly increases the quality, so if you have a few extra bucks, it might be worth spending.
Keep your carpets clean. Carpets are the #1 favorite resting spot for dust, pollen and other airborne imperfections. Set up a schedule to vacuum your home every so many days, and stick to it.
We’re obviously bias, but having regular pest control treatments will also help to lower the pollen and bacteria that enter the home. Insects such as crickets and roaches leave behind their droppings just about everywhere they go. Most insects also leave behind the shell of their exoskeletons during a process knowing as molting. The presence of bio-matter around the home will surely increase the allergen count.