Do you know about these pests that affect your health? Having any type of pest in your home is a big problem — but besides the potential infestation and damage to your home, many pests also carry harmful bacteria and can pose significant health risks to your family members.
You know that some pests such as ticks and fleas can be a little more serious and often come with health risks, but what about those lesser known effects? That’s where we come in. We’re digging in to 5 common pests and how they can affect your health.
We all know cockroaches are gross, but did you know they can also be a serious health risk? They shed their skin and leave behind droppings and urine which can quickly become airborne allergens. The fact that they multiply quickly puts us at even high risk, as an infestation can happen fast, meaning many allergens in the infested area.
People with asthma or a higher sensitivity to allergens, especially children, are at higher risk. Plus, cockroaches don’t typically come from the cleanest conditions; before entering your home, they typically live in vents, drains, sewer pipes, streets, etc. — just think of what they’re bringing into your home from these places! This is why it is especially important to not only treat and prevent your home for cockroaches, but to also deep clean the surfaces in your home regularly, especially if you’ve had a cockroach sighting recently.
Besides being a nuisance, mosquitoes are also health risks. They can carry and transmit viruses, such as Zika, West Nile, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. These viruses can cause serious illness and even death in some humans and animals, so a mosquito treatment is absolutely vital for your family’s health.
If you give a mouse an entry point, he’ll want to scour for food. If you leave out any food, he’ll want to contaminate your kitchen. Mice may seem harmless, but their main mission in life is to find food and they don’t care who they infect or what they contaminate in the process. In fact, did you know that mice constantly urinate as they move through your home? That means any disease they carry can find its way into your home. But don’t try to search for urine in order to identify a mouse problem; their urine dries quickly and almost immediately becomes invisible, so it’s tough to know where a mouse has infected your home. The best solution? Wildlife removal and sealing small cracks and crevices around your home to keep them out.
Rats are similar to mice in that their fecal matter and urine can be harmful. While they may not urinate constantly like mice, they urinate often and can leave harmful bacteria around your home as a result. Simply inhaling their evaporating waste can have harmful effects on your health, and can cause diseases.
Plus, since they’re larger and a bit more aggressive than mice, you also have to worry about biting and scratching if you have an infestation — which can lead to infections such as rat-bite fever (sounds fun, doesn’t it?). Because of their aggressive nature, it can be extremely dangerous to attempt to remove rats yourself. Call in the pros and seal up cracks and crevices to keep them out.
You can relax a little bit here, because bed bugs aren’t known to transmit diseases to humans. However, their effects are still serious. Some people may have allergic reactions to bed bug bites, and bites can become infected just like any other bite or wound can. They’re also known to create serious psychological concerns as there are many cases of people who have experienced an infestation who have later developed insomnia, depression, stress, and more. It’s important to get a bed bug situation taken care of immediately upon the first sighting.
We offer plenty of plans to keep your home protected from pests like these. Just call us to find the best solution for you and your family!