Health Risks Associated with Unwanted Pests
Should you worry about health risks and unwanted pests? The answer is yes, since pests such as cockroaches, rats, mice, and mosquitoes need food, water, and shelter and can carry diseases that effect humans, animals and pets. See some of the most common pests and health risks below:
Rats and Mice Health Risks
Rats and Mice are a threat to health, and they interfere with our economic and physical wellbeing.
- Rats and mice are destructive pests and serious safety hazards.
- They start fires by gnawing on electric cables. The next time you hear the phrase "fire of unknown origin," think about rats and mice.
- They eat large amounts of food, and they contaminate even more with their urine, feces, and hair. At least 20 percent of the world's food is eaten or contaminated by rats and mice each year.
- They damage structures, books, furniture, even appliances, through gnawing and burrowing.
- Worse, they spread disease to humans and other animals through their bite, by transporting fleas, lice, mites and ticks, and by leaving their droppings in food and other materials that humans contact. Rodents are vectors for bubonic plague, rat bite fever, leptospirosis, hantavirus, trichinosis, infectious jaundice, rat mite dermatitis, salmonellosis, pulmonary fever, and typhus. Mice have been linked to asthma.
- Rats will bite babies in their cribs, because the smell of milk or other food on the baby is attractive to a rat looking for food. A clean baby in a clean crib is a lot safer from rat attack. To protect your baby, take the bottle away as soon it's finished, and wash its hands and face. Do the same for any disabled or elderly persons in your household who cannot care for themselves.
Cockroaches can be a public health problem by contaminating food and eating utensils. Cockroaches are known to carry human pathogens, such as Salmonella and E. coli, which can result in human diseases, such as food poisoning or diarrhea.
Mosquitoes Carrying Disease
Mosquitoes can carry diseases that may be passed on to people through mosquito bites. Mosquito born diseases can make people ill and, in severe cases, can cause death.
Mosquitoes carry many diseases that are dangerous to humans. Mosquito-borne diseases include malaria, Murray Valley encephalitis virus, West Nile virus, Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus and dengue fever. There are some simple things you can do to avoid mosquito bites and reduce your risk of catching mosquito-borne diseases. Is your home protected? Get a free pest control estimate here.
Prevent Pests associated with Health Risks
- Making sure food and pieces of food are sealed and garbage is regularly removed from the home.
- Don’t leave pet food and water out overnight. If you apply pesticides, pet food and water should be removed from the area.
- Fix plumbing leaks and other sources of water, such as trays under house plants.
- Eliminate standing water in rain gutters, buckets, plastic covers, bird baths, fountains, wading pools, potted plant trays, or any other containers where mosquitoes can breed.
- Keep your swimming pool water treated and circulating, and draining temporary pools of water or filling them with dirt.
- Closing off entryways and hiding places (e.g., caulking cracks and crevices around cabinets or baseboards).
- Make sure window and door screens are "bug tight."
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