We’ve all heard that common household pests like mice and roaches carry diseases. However, there seems to be a lack of knowledge about what diseases we specifically need to be concerned about. In reality, each pest has its own set of diseases to be worried about. Here we are going to discuss some of the biggest threats to your home, your family, and even your pets.
Diseases Caused by Household Pests
There are several classes of diseases to be discussed. The first is insect-borne diseases. The important thing to remember about these illnesses is that they can be transmitted when you are bitten by an insect, or simply when that insect shares space in your living area and leaves behind waste. The most notorious diseases are things like Zika Virus and West Nile Virus that catch worldwide attention when mosquitos spread them through biting animals and humans. However, roaches, flies, and other insects are also responsible for millions of cases of Dengue Fever, Salmonellosis, and Typhus. Ticks, in particular, are known for causing their own set of diseases like Lyme Disease, which can start with a simple rash and develop into paralysis over time.
Rodent-borne diseases are also a major threat. While most people think about rabies when it comes to rodents, there are actually other common diseases that you need to be aware of. Most prominent among them is salmonella, followed by leptospirosis. Salmonella is typically spread through a rodent’s fecal matter, while leptospirosis is spread through rodent urine. They can also play host to some smaller pests such as fleas and ticks that can enter your home with them. Plus, rat’s are known for carrying a particular type of tapeworm that can infect humans and other animals. The problem is that even if you have not had direct contact with the intruders, your dog or cat may be transmitting those diseases to you without you even realizing it.
These are just a few of the most common diseases caused by household pets. If you suspect you have an infestation of insects or rodents, it is time to call for pest removal in Houston, Texas. At Hartz Pest Control in Houston, we can help take care of all your pest management needs and ensure that you and your furry friends are safe from the dangers of insects, rodents and even birds that could be bringing diseases into your home. Read more about getting rid of common household pests.