How Insect Infestations Threaten Your Health

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Spotting insects anywhere near your property is an alarming sight. If you have an insect infestation, it could pose a threat to your health. Let’s discuss some of the ways that different types of insects can infest a home, the dangers posed, and how to best avoid or deal with them.

Mosquitoes

When mosquitoes bite a human or mammal, other than sucking blood, they also transmit saliva. This saliva has many interesting effects. More studies are being done on mosquitoes, but the most important concern is spreading pathogens or parasites through their saliva. Many of the diseases, such as dengue fever or malaria, can be dangerous to even healthy people.

Mosquitoes breed when they get lots of access to standing water and warm temperatures. Basement puddles, for example, may become a breeding ground for mosquitoes in the warmer months. If you live in an area where mosquito blooms are consistently happening outdoors, professional control measures may be needed.

Cockroaches


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Cockroaches are filthy and can easily contaminate anything they touch, especially food. Food that came into any possible contact with roaches or roach matter is incredibly dangerous, especially if time has passed. People who eat or touch the infected food are likely to transmit its pathogens to themselves. Most families get a little lax about leaving food out on a counter, and all it takes is for one roach to sneak out and take a nibble.

As if roaches weren’t enough, they can even inspire rodent infestations later, as both tend to like the same places and conditions. Roaches are a popular food source for mice and rats.

Stinging Insects

Various stinging insects, such as bees and wasps, inject venom that can cause pain and swelling. Most people recover from such stings over a few days, but for some, the effects of the venom can trigger a more severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.

Stinging insects like wasps can fit a nest near doorways or roof gables. Bees, while rare, can also colonize homes. Finding a nest is often a shock to a homeowner when it’s discovered, and it becomes an expensive, distressing nuisance to have it removed. Prevention and, potentially, professional warding treatments can be worth it if you live in an area with a lot of flying insects.

How to Get Rid of Pests

Cleanliness and tidying will help to dissuade pests from showing up, but it’s uncertain how effective it will be at removing a current infestation. Even if the common pests don’t change, every home is unique. If you suspect or have spotted an insect, rodent, or other presence in your home and live in the Tulsa area, contact a pest control Tulsa professional for their opinion. Once you are adequately informed, you can make a decision that best removes the pests and keeps them out.

Insect infestations around your property can threaten your health, but the risk can be minimized by maintaining a clean and healthy home and an organized yard. Preventive measures under the guidance of experts can also help, so don’t be afraid to seek out assistance to save you time and frustration.