Disease Vectors and Pests

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Pests are a nuisance. There is little worse than seeing a mouse run across your floor or waking up to find yourself covered in mosquito bites. 

In many cases, pests are more than just a nuisance. For example, rodents like mice and rats have extremely strong teeth. They are known to gnaw through electrical wires and cause shorts, or even fires in a house.

However, the biggest issue isn’t actually the electrical risk associated with pests, it’s the disease they carry. Most pests carry diseases that can be harmful to human health.

While you can deal with many pest issues yourself, it can be hard to know if you’ve really eliminated the issue. Pest control experts will make sure the issue is completely resolved.

Mosquitoes

These tiny insects pack a powerful punch. Female mosquitoes are attracted to humans because of your body heat and the carbon dioxide you breathe out. They will take a bite in order to extract enough blood to fill themselves up. This allows them to lay their eggs and produce the next generation of mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes carry malaria, yellow fever, dengue, filariasis, and viral encephalitis.

House flies

House flies can carry as many as 63 different diseases. The main ones are cholera, dysentery, tuberculosis, typhoid, and salmonellosis.

Cock Roaches

The most common diseases are diarrhea, dysentery, conjunctivitis, typhoid, and trachoma.

Lice

Although small lice can carry relapsing fever, trench fever, pediculosis, endemic typhus, and even cause skin irritations.

Bedbugs

These are the best of the bunch! They just cause severe skin irritation.

Ticks

Ticks can carry a range of diseases including rickettsial fever, viral encephalitis, borreliosis, and relapsing fever.

Rodents

Rodents also carry an array of bacteria, the most notable is bubonic plague but you can also contract endemic typhus, salmonellosis, melioidosis, and rat-bite fever. This can be notably dangerous if you have pets that are exposed to these types of pests.

Disease Vectors

It’s important to be aware of the diseases these pests carry as they are a risk to your family’s health. But, this risk increases dramatically when natural disasters occur. There has been a steady increase in the number and scale of natural disasters. One of the biggest issues is the increase in stagnant water areas that allow mosquitoes to breed. 

You’ll also find rodents are more prevalent as their homes have been destroyed but they have a host of other places to stay. 

Natural disasters also create waste issues that can increase the fly population, and dogs are often left to cope for themselves, increasing the incidence of ticks and lice.

In short, to help reduce the risks of disease if there is a natural disaster, you should take steps today to reduce, and eliminate, any pests in your home. 

While this won’t stop a natural disaster from happening, it will reduce the number of pests to deal with after the issue. 

Don’t forget that a natural disaster doesn’t have to be a huge, catastrophic affair. Even an exceptionally heavy rainstorm can result in localized flooding which increases the optimum conditions for pests.

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