PUBLISHED ON April 28th, 2011
Let’s face it – all household pests are annoying. But while some are harmlessly annoying, others can be carriers of harmful diseases. These disease vectors can spread malaria, tapeworms, Lyme disease, rabies and various forms of fever illnesses. The following are five disease-bearing pests you should watch out for:
1. Ticks and fleas.
Everyone knows ticks and fleas are a pain for pets, but they can also transmit many diseases to humans. Ticks are known for spreading Lyme disease and babesiosis, while fleas can be harbingers of typhus, tapeworms and even the bubonic plague.
Not only are cockroaches ridiculously difficult to kill, they can also carry upwards of 33 types of bacteria, seven known pathogens and six types of parasitic worms. They can also cause horrible allergic reactions, such as asthma. Call a pest management professional at the first sign of a cockroach infestation.
During the Middle Ages, rats were blamed for carrying and infecting people with the bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death. Today, rats can also transmit murine typhus, meningitis, salmonella and “rat bite fever,” a bacterial infection. Not all diseases are transmitted by bites or scratches, either. You can also contract these illnesses by eating food contaminated by rat feces.
The all-too-common mosquito – how we hate you. In Africa, malaria passed through mosquito bites is still a major epidemic. Mosquitoes in America are less likely to give you malaria, but they can still pass along West Nile virus, dengue fever, yellow fever and chikungunya.
Contracting a disease from a bat is not too common, but the animals can still be carriers of rabies. More significantly, their droppings can harbor the fungal pathogen that causes human histoplasmosis. If you believe you have a bat problem in your house, call professional pest control company.
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