Pests are a fact of life. There are a slew of insects that can invade your home, and animal pests too! While pest issues are more common in the summer, regardless of the climate, your home can be invaded during the winter, as well. If pests are invading your home, here are two pest questions you need the answers to.
Can Insects Cause Disease?
Insects such as fleas, mosquitoes, lice, bed bugs, and ticks are able to transmit a number of diseases. These diseases include viruses such as yellow fever, the chikungunya virus, and dengue fever; bacteria that cause Lyme disease; and parasites that cause malaria, sleeping sickness, and more. These diseases thrive mainly in tropical environments. However, with that said, the frequency of such diseases changes continuously. While some have become rare and others no longer exist, still others are spreading.
Can Rodents Cause Disease?
Rodents can spread disease by biting or through contact with their feces which can contain bacteria and viruses including:
- Salmonellosis: If food becomes contaminated by rodent feces it can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain.
- Rat-Bite Fever: Getting bit by a rat or consuming food contaminated by rodents can lead to a potentially fatal infectious disease referred to as rat-bite fever.
- Hantavirus: Transmitted to humans by rodents such as the white-footed deer mouse, the hantavirus is a potentially life-threatening disease. Humans become infected via exposure to, or inhalation of, infected rodent saliva, urine, or feces.
- Bubonic plague: Spread by infected rodent fleas, symptoms include headache, fever, and painfully swollen lymph nodes.
While coming into contact with these diseases is rare, no need to take that chance, call us to help rid your home of pests!
ABOUT YOUR CARMEL VALLEY, CA, PEST CONTROL:
Don’t allow pests take over your home or business, let Carmel Valley Pest Control, inspect your residential or commercial property. Highly qualified and licensed, we can give you advice, set up a regular maintenance schedule (if you so desire), and provide effective treatments to keep your home or business in one piece! And we’re not just pest people, we have over 15 years of experience in interior home and business renovation. Whether you need our pest, termite, or renovation services, our focus is on customer satisfaction. Call us today at (858) 350-8838, (760) 736-8838, or (888) 989-8838.