Pests & Your Health
No types of pests are welcome visitors to Orlando homes, but some are worse than others. While some pests are just creepy looking or a nuisance, others can actually be hazardous to your health. The experts at Apex know that these three pests can have serious health effects.
Mice are cuter than many of the other creatures you could find in your house. Unfortunately, these furry rodents are serious offenders when it comes to health risks. They can spread at least 10 different kinds of diseases. These include leptospirosis, typhus, and food poisoning.
If mice get into your house, they’ll search for food. Mice can eat the same kinds of foods that people eat. They could get into your pantry and eat your cereal, pet food, or sweets. They can contaminate 10 times more food than they actually eat due to their hair, droppings, and urine. Surfaces that look clean, like your kitchen counters, could even be contaminated with dried urine.
Cockroaches are creepy, and many people don’t want to look at them. While just the sight of cockroaches can be offensive, the health risks they pose are even worse. Like mice, they can spread plenty of diseases. Bacteria, protozoa, and viruses live on cockroaches’ bodies. As the roaches crawl through your house, they deposit germs. These germs can lead to food poisoning, dysentery, and other stomach problems if food or utensils get contaminated.
Germs aren’t the only dangerous part about cockroaches. Cockroaches’ droppings, urine, shed skin, and decaying bodies contain allergens. Many people experience allergy symptoms like skin rashes or nasal congestion due to these allergens. Cockroach allergens can also trigger asthma attacks, which is especially dangerous for children.
Unlike mice and cockroaches, bed bugs don’t carry harmful diseases. However, that doesn’t mean they’re harmless to have around. Their bites can be very itchy. Vigorous scratching could break your skin and lead to lesions, scars, or even an infection. Some people can get more complex skin reactions like rashes or hives. In rare cases, serious allergic reactions can occur.
Bed bugs can lead to psychological effects, too. It can be very unsettling to know that you’re sharing your bed with these pests. This can contribute to anxiety, stress, sleep deprivation, or depression. Some people become desperate to get rid of the bugs and can turn to methods like burning or heat-treating infested items. Of course, this is extremely dangerous, and people have burned their houses down or injured themselves in the process.
If you’re sharing your home with these dangerous pests, your health could be at risk. To protect yourself and your family, call the professionals at Apex today.
Apex Pest Control is one of the most trusted Orlando pest control companies in the state. We’re proud of the work we do to help keep the homes, landscape, and businesses in our community free from harmful plants, insects, and animals, while also striving to maintain a balance with the ecosystem as a whole. Check out our blog or contact us today to learn more!