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Different Pests and their Impact on Human Health

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What are pantry pests and how can you protect your food against them?

Pests destroy and contaminate anything that comes in their way. Therefore, killing them and controlling their population is vital for our health. Farmington Hills Pest Control can help you in exterminating pests and other insects in your house completely. Following are some of the pests commonly found in any house and the diseases they bring with them.

  1. Cockroaches:

By far the most troublesome and difficult to get rid of, cockroaches are even found in cold environments. These insects live in damp corners of your house and, if not exterminated quickly, can become a real nuisance. In addition, since they live in dirty places, anything they come in contact with becomes dangerous for consumption.

Cockroaches have been known to be the carriers of salmonella, staphylococcus, and streptococcus bacteria. In some cases, these pests are also poliovirus carriers. These bacteria, such as the salmonella bacteria, mainly affect the intestines and are a significant factor behind any stomach disease. In severe cases, the ailment can worsen and convert to typhoid, dysentery, or leprosy. So, keep your kitchen clean and dry if you want to stay healthy.

  1. Rats:

One of the deadliest pests in the world, rats and their cousins have been responsible for at least one major plague in human history. They have also caused significant financial damage to humans. If you want to know what these rodents are capable of, just read some news about the southern and eastern regions of Australia, which is witnessing the worst rat plague in history. It has destroyed acres of farmland, and there is no end in sight.

Like cockroaches, rats also carry several dangerous bacteria. The chief among them is Hantavirus, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), Tularemia, and Salmonella. These bacteria and viruses are known to cause more than 35 diseases in humans, ranging from gastric issues to blood diseases. Hantavirus is especially dangerous since it attacks the respiratory system in humans.

  1. Mosquitoes:

Mosquitoes and other flies should be considered tiny disease-carrying drones. They are found everywhere, especially in swampy, humid, or hot places. Some of the worst diseases known to man can be attributed to these flying insects. Moreover, they are the most effective carriers of diseases from one human to another.

Mosquitoes carry some of the most dangerous bacteria and viruses, such as the Chikungunya virus, West Nile virus, Zika virus, malaria, and dengue. Malaria and dengue are known as highly deadly viruses in the world. According to a survey by WHO in 2019, 229 million cases of malaria were reported around the world, and the death toll stood at 409,000.

Predominant in Africa, third-world, and developing countries, mosquitoes have been a scourge for developed countries as well. Apart from carrying life-threatening viruses, these pests can also transmit disease from one person to another. They are also the leading cause for transmitting HIV and Hepatitis among humans.

Pests are dangerous for our health and cause a lot of suffering. Therefore, keep everything clean and dry to avoid a pest infestation in your house.