Pest Risk Factors
How Pest Can Affect Your Health
Pest and rodents can have harmful effects upon your health and your family’s health. It is important to fully understand the dangers stemming from these types of infestations. Did you know that some of the most common pest in homes are cockroaches, rodents and ants? It is unsettling to think of us sharing our homes with these pests because of the serious threats they pose. Below is a more detailed overview of the health risks associated with particular pests.
The National institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) reports that one-in-five children in the United States have severe sensitivities to cockroach allergens, which increase the severity of asthma symptoms. These allergens are most commonly introduced in homes through cockroach saliva, droppings and the decomposing bodies of these pests. Cockroaches can also carry bacteria such as E coli and salmonella on their bodies, which can contaminate food, cooking equipment and food surfaces.
With the increased prevalence of West Nile Virus in the summer months, mosquitoes continue to be, not only a summer nuisance pest but also, a major health threat. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), West Nile Virus infections have appeared across the United States in recent years, which makes avoiding mosquito nesting/breeding sites and eliminating standing water in or around the home even more important to the protection of public health. In addition, to the potential for West Nile Virus, mosquitoes can also cause itchy, unsightly marks as well as severe allergic reactions in human being.
Ants are social insects. Therefore, spotting one ant unfortunately signifies there are many more to follow. Ants are not simply unsightly- they can also be dangerous contaminates to food. The presence of ants and the potential for food contamination from their presence is an issue that must be addressed when considering your health and the health of your family.
Fire ants not only affect your outdoor enjoyment, they are responsible for countless emergency room visits every year. Controlling these voracious pests takes special care and expertise. If you have fire ants present on your property, you can trust Culpepper Services to provide a solution that will safeguard your family and pets.
Stinging Insects (yellow Jackets, Wasps, Hornets & More)
Stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year. These pests are aggressive in nature and often sting as a way to protect their colonies or larvae from human beings who attempt to remedy an infestation on their own. This aggressiveness, combined with being disturbed, often means that these pests tend to sting repeatedly, which adds to the potential for greater skin irritation or serious allergic reaction. A Culpepper Services Professional can provide a level of expertise and knowledge of technology that can best rid these stinging insects and prevent future infestations.
Lyme disease has emerged in recent years as a major health risk to human beings. Transmitted by ticks, typically between May and October, Lyme disease is largely found in the Northwestern, upper mid-western states of the U.S. However, there has been an increase in the diagnosed cases of Lyme diseases in the South. It is critical to be vigilant of ticks, especially if you are in wooded areas. Symptoms of Lyme disease include a “bull’s eye” rash around the bite, flu-like symptoms and extreme fatigue.
Fleas aren’t just a problem for man’s best friend. These pests, which commonly appear in warmer months, feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body. Typically biting human beings, fleas can cause itchy, unsightly marks as well as severe allergic reactions. Fleas tend to travel with mammals on the move, which can include not only you and your pet but also rodents. If you have a rodent problem in your home, fleas may soon follow. If you suspect a flea infestation, contact Culpepper Services to rid your home of fleas and prevent future infestations.
Rodents can enter a home through almost any opening or crack. It is important to inspect for rodent droppings, especially in undisturbed areas such as pantries, under baseboards, in attics and along walls. Rodent droppings most often cause allergic reactions in human beings but can also cause disease, including the potentially deadly Hantavirus. More frequently, though, rodents serve as vectors, carrying bacteria, such as salmonella, on their bodies and contaminating food sources, kitchen surfaces and equipment. A Culpepper Services trained professional can offer the expertise and knowledge of rodent biology to best protect your health and rid your home of a rodent infestation.