Pest infestation is a real problem, especially in the United States, and you need to pay attention to these subtle signs and try your best to get rid of them as soon as possible. Pests can not only trigger your phobias, but they can also spread diseases or even bite you when you sleep. So, just because you don’t see the pests marching into your house doesn’t mean they are not there, but you need to pay attention to the signs in this article.
According to Ron Harrison, PhD, entomologist and director of Technical Services for Orkin, pests such as cockroaches can spread a range of diseases. Unlike mosquitoes, cockroaches can spread disease indirectly, contaminating various items in your house. They can carry the following infections: salmonella, typhoid fever, cholera, gastroenteritis, plague, giardia and so on.
Houseflies can spread a dangerous virus called Zika, among other illnesses and rodents can carry the rare but deadly hantavirus – the infection with hantavirus leads to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) – this respiratory disease can be fatal in most cases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “anyone who comes into contact with rats, mice and other rodents that carry hantaviruses is at risk for HPS.” They also said that rodent infestation, whether in or around your house, remains the primary cause of HPS.
In addition, mosquitoes can also spread the Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue, and malaria, among other diseases. Of course, they can spread disease through bites. If you have pets, they can develop heartworm disease if an infected mosquito bites them. A parasitic worm called Dirofilaria immitis lives inside a mosquito until it bites your pets and infects them.
But that’s not all! According to statistics, every year, Americans spend a lot of money to eliminate pest infestations in their homes. For example, termites can cause $5 billion worth of damage each year. Hence, it’s important to realize that you have a pest problem until it’s too late. So, we are here to help you with some subtle signs that show your house is about to be infested. Read on for more info!