You should always feel safe inside your own home, but when creepy-crawler invaders start to move in, it’s reasonable to feel threatened. Cockroaches, rodents, and many other pests carry a host of bacteria that could cause you to develop one or more health issues. Here are just a few of the ways they could impact your well-being.
What Health Issues Commonly Result From Pest Infestations?
1. Allergies & Asthma Attacks
Cockroach infestations can be problematic for your heath. If it isn’t bad enough that they like to invade the darkest corners of your home, they also leave behind droppings and skin. Depending on the size of the infestation, this can quickly degrade your indoor air quality and lead to red and itchy eyes, sneezing, and breathing difficulties for those with allergies or suffering from asthma.
During the cold season, mice, squirrels, and other rodents commonly invade nearby building structures to escape the low temperatures. If you hear scuttling in your attic or notice droppings, call a pest control service immediately. Rodents are known to carry hantavirus and coming into contact with their feces, urine, or saliva could cause you to develop hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). This results in flu-like symptoms one to eight weeks after exposure, and it will eventually cause the lungs to fill with fluid, leading to coughing, shortness of breath, and in 38 percent of cases, death.
3. Foodborne Illnesses
The number one reason most pests will invade a house is for easy access to food. If cockroaches or rodents make their way to your food, they can easily contaminate it with any number of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, or parasites, leading to diseases such as salmonellosis, gastroenteritis, dysentery, typhoid fever, leptospirosis, tularemia, and the plague. They can contaminate what you eat even if they simply walk over the counters where food is prepared.
Are you worried about invading pests harming your health? Contact the professionals at RCD Exterminating for help. They provide tailored residential and commercial pest control services to Monroe County, NY. They effectively remove cockroaches, bed bugs, rodents, and many other pests using applications that are safe for the environment and pets. Call them today at (585) 453-9748 for a free quote and inspection, and visit their website to learn more about their services.