Pests and people do not get along well. A pest infestation can pose a serious threat to humans, and even to other animals or common home pets, such as dogs. Can you catch a disease from pests? Yes, and it only takes one exposure to transmit serious disease.
Below are some of the most common pests and the health dangers associated with them.
Mosquitoes are considered to be a common pest and consumers often do not take precautions to eliminate, minimize or avoid interacting with them.
Many people consider the bite a minor irritation that itches briefly and then disappears. In reality, mosquitoes carry many diseases that can be fatal to humans.
Mosquito bites can also become infected, especially in children, when bacteria get into the bite. This causes the bite to become red, swell, and fill with pus. This condition is referred to as impetigo and requires treatment with antibiotics. It can result in permanent scarring of the skin.
Travelling abroad presents a variety of potential problems from mosquito bites as well. Dengue fever affects over a third of the world’s population.
It is imperative to have a plan to reduce potential exposure to mosquitoes. Consult a pest control specialist to evaluate and recommend a plan of action.
Leptospirosis is a lethal disease produced by infection with the Leptospira bacteria usually found in the urine of Rats which can be deadly for humans and pets infected.
The syndrome is usually acquired through contact with contaminated waters, floors and any other surfaces that have been urinated by a rat such as soda drinks and canned food in storage.
Complications for humans with this bacteria include meningitis, extreme fatigue, hearing loss, respiratory distress, azotemia, and renal interstitial tubular necrosis, which results in renal failure and often liver failure highly compromising the well-being of the individual.
The tick is another common pest that is not taken as seriously as it should be. Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease are the two most common illnesses that humans contract from tick bites.
Both can be devastating to the human body, causing long-term disability and death. Both diseases are difficult to treat and can be life-altering.
Ehrlichiosis is another bacteria that ticks can spread to humans. It is carried by dogs and deer. Although not as well-known as other diseases, it can be just as deadly. There are two strands associated with these bacteria.
These strands affect southern, central, northeast and upper midwest states. The risk of catching this disease is higher in wooded areas or places with high grasses. Pets often pick up these ticks and bring them home.
Participating in outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, and hiking can put families at risk. Incubation periods for tick diseases vary from one to three weeks.
Symptoms start out with fevers, fatigue, and malaise. Blood tests are required to confirm the diagnosis. Antibiotics can be required from two to six weeks, depending upon which disease is present and the virulence of the bacterial strand.
Cockroaches and bedbugs also pose health risks to adults and children. The best course of action to avoid having pests in and around homes and businesses is to achieve maximum protection by calling on a pest control specialist.
They can evaluate, treat, and create an ongoing plan that will keep consumers safe from pests and their deadly consequences.