Pests carry an undeniable “ick” factor that puts many people off immediately. But, few people take the time to consider how they affect our homes and well-being. The vast majority of pests are more than just unsightly nuisances. In many ways, these unwelcome guests can have a serious impact on your family’s health.
A disease vector is an organism that transmits pathogens from an animal or human to another human. Many of these vectors come in the form of blood-sucking pests we find in nature and the backyard. Some of the more well-known examples of vector pests and the diseases they carry include:
- Mosquitoes: Dengue fever, West Nile virus, malaria, Zika.
- Lice: Typhus.
- Ticks: Lyme disease, encephalitis.
Keeping your yard clear of pests and taking steps to repel outdoor insects are key focus points for avoiding disease vectors. However, indoor pests such as mice and fleas can also transmit dangerous bacteria and viruses if they bite. Being bitten is not the only way that indoor pests can spread sickness to family members in the house.
Indoor Pests and Family Health
Indoor pest infestations are a serious concern for homeowners. Many pests cause damage to foundations, wood structures, furniture and clothing as they build their nests. They also have a tendency to get into food, raid pantries and scrounge for leftover scraps that are scattered in the kitchen.
As pests get into food containers and travel looking for nourishment around the home, they can spread a host of pathogens. One of the most pervasive and sneaky pests, the cockroach, can cause a variety of health problems. Their droppings, saliva and shed skin can leave behind harmful bacteria like salmonella and staphylococcus in food containers. They can also spread disease as they drag their bodies across surfaces in search of sustenance.
Mice, house flies, ants and other traveling pests leave similar health hazards in their wake. Asthma and allergy sufferers, as well as children, are at particular risk, as the presence of these home invaders can trigger severe reactions. It is critical to remove access to food sources and maintain cleanliness, especially in the kitchen, to prevent the possibility of pest-borne infections.
Effective pest prevention is a foundational component of a safe and healthy home. Our expert pest control technicians are dedicated to providing high-quality service and long-lasting solutions to ensure your satisfaction. Contact Germantown Pest Control and Termite today to learn more about our premier pest control services in Tennessee and Mississippi.