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Health Issues and Dangers Related to Pests in the Home

Pests in your home can be a nuisance and frustrate you immensely. However, the reason for getting rid of them is not their appearance, but the possible health problems they can cause. House pests can carry and cause a variety of diseases and cause health issues like allergies. This is why it is important to seal up any possible entrances and keep your home clean. Different pests can cause different issues and below is a list of things you should know. 

1. Pests can cause infections

Rodents and insects are not the cleanest of creatures and often spend their time in sewers and other dirty places. Any germs present can hitch a ride on their feet or fur and bring them into your home. Pests carry all sorts of diseases.

• Rodents carry salmonella which can easily contaminate food. They also have the potential to transmit Hantavirus which is not something you want to have.

• Cockroaches also carry salmonella with them as well as E.coli bacteria. They pick these up from the garbage they work through.

• Ticks and fleas can cause Lyme disease and a variety of fevers.

2. Pests can cause allergies and worsen asthma

Most rodents and insects can cause allergies or make asthma worse. You don’t need to have actual contact with them to have a reaction. Their mere presence in the walls, floors, or ceilings, can cause health problems and make those allergies flare up.

• The main culprits are mice that leave droppings everywhere. Particles of these droppings can become airborne and cause allergies.

• Cockroaches are one of the worst culprits and can cause problems even after an infestation has been treated. Not only their droppings but also their saliva and dead bodies can cause allergies.

• Termites cause the spread of dust and this is a major allergen for many people.

3. Pests can cause bites and stings

Insect bites and stings are not only uncomfortable and sometimes painful but can also be very dangerous for your health. These bites and stings can cause allergic reactions or transmit dangerous diseases.

• Spider bites are what most of us fear. Spiders can give poisonous or non-poisonous bites and you should identify the species as soon as you can.

• Bed bugs are sneaky little things and can enter the house on your clothing or breed in the woodwork. Their bites cause painful red sores.

• Bees, hornets, and wasps send many people to the hospital every year. Bees should not just be exterminated but dealt with correctly as they are endangered. The bites from these insects can be very painful and many people are allergic.

4. Prevention measures

Use the following tips to keep pests out of your home:

• Keep your house clean and decluttered to avoid creating breeding space and attractions.
• Seal up all entrances, cracks, gaps, and other openings in your walls, floors, and roof.
• Keep food sealed properly and avoid attracting pests.

Preventative action is always better than the treatment of health problems when you finally realize that you have unwanted house guests.

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