Mentioning the word pests automatically drives your brain to think of rats, cockroaches, flies, termites and mosquitoes. Not only do they compete for food sources and are aesthetically displeasing, they can also destroy homes and carry diseases that can be transferred to human and other animals.
Disease and Destruction
The diseases these pests carry vary in severity. While some may only cause fever, others may lead to serious medical conditions that can have lasting effects on the health or even death. Rats are known to carry the bacteria that cause leptospirosis in their urine. The bacteria can enter the body through skin breaks and may cause kidney damage, meningitis, liver damage and even death, according to the CDC.
In the recent months, the Zikka virus spread by mosquitoes has been reported to have infected many individuals. This is only one of the many diseases that are caused by microbes carried by mosquitoes. Others include Dengue, Malaria, Yellow Fever and many more. If untreated these may lead to death. Cockroaches carry a variety of diseases ranging from Salmonella, Shigellosis to Hepatitis A.
As for termites, they cause around $2 billion in damage each year in the US consuming the wood and other materials used in constructing houses. Seeing these in our homes would most likely prompt you to call a pest control service provider like A1 Exterminators because like most cities, Salt Lake City is not free of these vermin.
Taking Control of Your Home
Pest control services are helpful solutions in dealing with pests that invade our home, but certain measures must also be practiced to prevent them from coming back. One of the most basic and effective technique is to keep the house clean. Food and garbage lying around are most likely to attract flies, cockroaches and rats since they see it as a source of food. Pooling water caused by leaking taps are the optimum places for mosquitoes to breed in. Fixing the taps and draining stagnant water will prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs in your home.
Pests affect not only one individual but whole neighborhood and communities. Following simple preventive measures will help you save your health and your home from the diseases and damage these organisms bring.