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Pests are never welcome guests in a home or business. Mice, mosquitoes, cockroaches, and other pests are not only annoying but also dangerous. They can cause damage to a building as well as cause health issues to people and pets. Pests are especially dangerous in kitchens and businesses that have food, such as restaurants. Because of this, professional pest control is necessary.

If you own a home or business, you may have health concerns about pests. How can they affect you, your family, pets, and clients? Here are some FAQs about pest health threats. 

  1. What are common health threats that pests can cause?

Common pests that pose health threats include mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, rodents, cockroaches, and bed bugs. Here are some common diseases they can cause:

  • Mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are blood-sucking pests that can cause malaria, Zika virus, encephalitis, yellow fever, and dengue fever.
  • Fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks can cause Lyme disease, tick-borne relapsing fever, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
  • Rodents. Rats and mice can spread various diseases and contaminate food for human consumption.
  • Bed bugs. Bed bug bites do not spread diseases but can cause allergic reactions.
  • Cockroaches. Cockroach allergens can cause asthma and allergies. They can also cause food contamination.
  1. Can pests harm my dog or cat?

Yes! Fleas and ticks are the most common threats to pets. These blood-sucking creatures can cause itching, scratching, scabs, and infections. It’s important to use repellents on your animals to keep them free of these pests, especially if you live in a wooded area. Mosquitoes are also dangerous, as they can transmit heartworm, which can be deadly to a pet. 

Certain spiders, such as black widows and brown recluses, can cause fatal bites to cats and dogs. Cockroaches are also threats to pets because they are attracted to food. They can spread bacteria and diseases via your pet’s food bowl. 

  1. How can I protect myself from mosquitoes?

Many people are worried about the effects of mosquitoes, as these itchy bites can be annoying. Plus, they can spread diseases. You can protect yourself from mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and pants. This may seem uncomfortable, especially in the summer heat, but your skin will thank you. Use insect repellent when outdoors. Sprays that contain DEET are the most effective. Also, stay away from areas where mosquitoes are common, such as standing water. Mosquitoes are also more prevalent in the evening hours, so avoid going outdoors then. 

  1. What is hantavirus?

Hantavirus is a disease that can be spread by certain rodents. It is concerning because some hantaviruses can cause a rare but deadly disease called hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. Hantavirus can be spread by the deer mouse, the white-footed mouse, the rice rat, and the cotton rat. People get hantavirus when they breathe in rodent urine and droppings. Symptoms start out as fever, fatigue, and severe muscle aches. After a few days, they may develop breathing difficulties, headaches, dizziness, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain. 

Any man, woman, or child who has been around these mice or rats can get hantavirus. Healthy people have become ill with it. The good news is that hantavirus is a very rare disease.

  1. What should I do if I discover pests in my home?

If you discover pests in your home, it’s important to take prompt action quickly. The longer you wait, the worse an infestation can be. Some pests can breed quickly, so more pests means more contamination and damage to your home. While there are DIY and store-bought treatments available, they are often ineffective. It’s best to hire a professional and get your problem dealt with quickly. 

Even if you don’t have pests right now, you could in the future. That’s why it’s recommended to have your home inspected for pests at least once a year, especially if you live in an area where pests are common. 

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Having an insect, rodent, or other pest in your home can be cause for concern. You likely have questions about how an infestation can affect you, your family, your pets, and your home. 

The PEST Group can help put your mind at ease. Our experienced professionals will handle your pest problem efficiently so you can worry about what’s important in life. Now’s the time to get rid of these pests for good. We serve California, Hawaii, and Florida. Schedule a free inspection. Call (844) 488-PEST or contact us online.

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