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Health Threats Posed by Pests


Rodents, insects, spiders, and other common household pests are nothing if not annoying. These persistent pests always seem to find a way to get into your home, uncovering seemingly nonexistent crevices to make their way inside. In addition to being frustrating, these little nuisances also pose serious health threats, from spreading diseases and contaminating food or surfaces to inflicting serious pain with just one bite or sting. And you don’t even have to come into contact with them to catch their diseases. These pests can contaminate surfaces, food, and even the air.

Common Diseases

Household pests carry a range of diseases. A common disease carried by rats and mice are leptospirosis, an infection that can cause jaundice and kidney failure, hantavirus, and salmonellosis. Mosquitos frequently carry malaria. Cockroaches carry more than 30 different types of bacteria.

Other Health Problems

In addition to the diseases they carry, household pests can also lead to other health problems. In fact, many people who suffer from asthma are also allergic to cockroaches, making their asthma problems worse. People with allergies are at great risk of being allergic to wasps and hornets, meaning that one sting and they will more than likely end up in the ER.

Steps to Take

If you find evidence of infestation, be sure to wash all potentially contaminated surfaces and discard any food that could be contaminated. Be sure to wear protective gloves before coming into contact with the contaminated areas or items. And don’t try to fight the pests by yourself. Give us a call and let a trained BugMaster technician rid your home of unwanted pests and take preventative measures to stop it from happening again.

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