Pests and the Diseases They Cause

There are very few people that enjoy finding a bug in or around their home.  Pests are annoying, not pretty to look at and even worse, can cause a lot of different diseases.  Here are just a few pests that can carry harmful diseases and pass themmosquito-abatement along to humans:

  • Mosquitoes:  In addition to the severe itching and swelling bumps their bites can cause, mosquitoes are also known as the most dangerous insect in the world. They are known to carry malaria, West Nile Virus, encephalitis and dengue and yellow fever.  Malaria has been reported to kill a million people a year.
  • Cockroaches:  Cockroaches are considered health pests because they are closely associated with humans and commonly breed and feed in unsanitary areas such as garbage storage, sewage systems and septic tanks.  They are known to carry salmonella, which can cause food poisoning and gastroenteritis.  Cockroaches can also induce asthma attacks and cause pneumonia.
  • Rodents:  Rodents have the potential for harboring and rapidly transporting diseases.  At one time rodents were responsible for some of the most devastating disease outbreaks of all time.  More than 20 million people have died from rodent-borne diseases in just the last century.  Fortunately, because of modern sanitation, antibiotics and rodent pest management efforts, rodents are not considered the disease threat they once were.  However, they are still known to transmit diseases such as Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.

There are many other pests that can transmit diseases, so it’s best to have a pest prevention program for your home to prevent these nasty critters from getting inside.  Contact Massey Services for a free pest prevention inspection today!