We all know to cover our mouths when we cough, to wash our hands before eating and avoid touching our face to avoid getting and spreading disease. Fewer people know that pets can actually make you sick. Aside from mosquitoes that cause dengue fever or ticks capable of spreading Lyme disease, several other diseases can spread through cockroaches, squirrels, mice, rats, flies and many other pests. While not intended to frighten you, you should learn about basic pest control techniques to prevent catching diseases from common pests and keep you and your family disease free.
Disease Carrying Species
Most people want to know what type of pests spread disease. Most any pest that can bite, spread saliva or spread urine can cause diseases. The most common pests include rodents, ticks that ride in on chipmunks and your pets, mosquitoes and flies. Cockroaches can also spread disease, along with birds and a special protein called a prion that the EPA classifies as a pest.
Asthma and Allergies
The dust mites under the bed arent the only thing causing your allergies and asthma to act up. Cockroaches also contribute to asthma and allergy related conditions. Getting rid of a cockroach infestation through expert pest removal services can drastically increase your level of health. Proteins contained within cockroach feces, saliva and body parts can trigger asthma symptoms in susceptible individuals.
Birds and Animals
Most diseases that animals get dont spread to humans. However, the ticks, lice and other unwanted travelers they carry may carry diseases that can spread to you. Exceptions exist, mainly in the form of viruses such as Avian flu carried by some birds and Swine flu transmitted by pigs. For these diseases, first check to see if your area exhibits any documented cases. Rats can spread Rat-bite fever through saliva incurred through a rat bite, mice can cause certain infections such as Rickettsial Pox and Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis, while deer mice and white-footed mice can spread Hantavirus and Lyme disease.
Additional pests that may not necessarily spread disease, but can certainly contribute to a less clean and safe home include termites, ants, bedbugs that can cause skin reactions, stink bugs and yellowjackets. Some pests can get quite aggressive when you encroach on their territory and may attack in hordes or send out signals to call in reinforcements. Unlike bees, hornets have the ability to sting repeatedly and can cause life-threatening swelling and anaphylaxis shock in those with serious allergies to bee stings.
Prevention and Remedies
The EPA recommends several over-the-counter sprays and repellents to prevent infection and remove pest infestations. You can attempt to rid the pests yourself using a variety of traps. However, a pest control company that guarantees their work. Pest control professionals can advise you of the best course of action to take to protect your home, family and pets from infections that can make you sick, cause you to be less productive and interfere with your life.
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