The Negative Impact of Pests on Your Health

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The Negative Impact of Pests on Your Health

Pests are not only annoying and destructive, but they can also pose serious threats to your health and well-being. Whether they are insects, rodents, or microorganisms, pests can carry and spread diseases, trigger allergies and asthma, and contaminate your food and water. In this article, we will discuss some of the most common health problems caused by pests and how you can prevent them with the help of Atlantic Pest Control, your trusted partner in pest management.

 Vector-Borne Diseases

Some pests can act as vectors, which means they can transmit infectious diseases from one host to another. These diseases can affect humans, animals, and plants, and can cause serious complications or even death. Some of the most notorious vector-borne diseases include:

Zika virus: This disease is spread by mosquitoes, especially the Aedes species. It can cause fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis. It can also cause birth defects in babies born to infected mothers.

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Lyme disease: This disease is caused by bacteria that are carried by ticks, especially the black-legged tick. It can cause rash, fever, headache, fatigue, and joint pain. If left untreated, it can affect the nervous system, heart, and joints.

Rabies: This disease is caused by a virus that is transmitted by the bite of an infected animal, such as a dog, raccoon, skunk, or bat. It can cause fever, headache, anxiety, confusion, and paralysis. It is almost always fatal once symptoms appear.

To prevent vector-borne diseases, you should avoid contact with pests and their habitats, use repellents and protective clothing when outdoors, and seek medical attention if you suspect an infection.

Asthma and Allergies

Some pests can trigger or worsen asthma and allergy symptoms in sensitive individuals. These pests include:

Cockroaches: These insects can produce allergens from their saliva, feces, and shed skins. These allergens can cause sneezing, coughing, wheezing, and asthma attacks in people who are allergic to them.

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Dust mites: These microscopic creatures live in dust and feed on dead skin cells. They can also produce allergens that can cause similar reactions as cockroaches.

Rodents: These animals can leave behind urine, droppings, and hair that can contain allergens or pathogens. They can also damage your insulation, wiring, and plumbing, creating moisture and mold problems that can aggravate respiratory conditions.

To prevent asthma and allergies caused by pests, you should keep your home clean and dry, vacuum regularly, use air filters and dehumidifiers, and seal any cracks or holes where pests can enter.

 Microbial Diseases and Infections

Some pests can carry or produce microorganisms that can cause diseases or infections in humans. These microorganisms include bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and parasites. Some of the most common microbial diseases and infections caused by pests include:

Salmonella: This bacteria can cause food poisoning when ingested. It can be found in the feces of rodents, birds, reptiles, and insects. It can contaminate your food or water if they come into contact with these sources of infection.

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Hantavirus: This virus can cause a severe respiratory illness called hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). It can be transmitted by inhaling dust that contains the urine or droppings of infected rodents.

Mold: This fungus can grow on damp or wet surfaces or materials. It can produce spores that can cause allergic reactions or infections in some people. It can also damage your property and reduce its value.

To prevent microbial diseases and infections caused by pests, you should store your food properly, wash your hands frequently, sanitize your surfaces and utensils regularly, dispose of your garbage promptly, and fix any leaks or moisture problems in your home.!

Atlantic Pest Control is a professional pest control company that has been serving the community for over 20 years. We have the experience, the equipment, and the expertise to handle any pest problem you may have, from ants to termites, from bed bugs to rodents, and everything in between, Contact Atlantic Pest Control today and get a quote.

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