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Health Threats That Pests Cause

Pests can be harmful to plants, property but also to you and your family’s health. Pests can spread disease and contaminate food sources. Even the smallest pest can create huge health problems. Below are some common pests that can be detrimental to your health.


All it takes is a tiny crack for these sneaky creatures to enter your home. Cockroaches reproduce quickly, which can cause an infestation to occur in a short period of time. Roaches can cause many problems in a home, specifically in the kitchen. Roach’s fecal matter and urine can cause allergic reactions. Children and those with asthma are at serious risk when exposed to allergens caused by roaches. The German cockroach relies on moisture and is small enough to live in cracks in walls. This species can carry harmful bacteria and germs such as:

• E. coli

• Salmonella

• Tapeworms

• Streptococcus


Both rats and mice leave behind fecal matter and urine that can seriously affect your health. Inhalation of the rodent’s waste can be harmful to your health. Mice are typically smaller than rats, making them hard to see and hear. However, a larger rodent such as the Norway rat can leave behind noticeable trails of their droppings. Rodents can also transmit diseases by biting people or pets.


Fleas may be small, but the diseases they carry can be deadly. You can find fleas in the warmer months. These creatures feast of their host’s blood and can cause severe allergic reactions. Severe itching can occur due to a flea bite. Also, fleas can potentially transmit parasites like tapeworms. If you have rodents in your home, it is more than likely that fleas are there too.


You won’t sleep tight if these bugs bite. Bed bugs can be so hard to detect that it requires trained professionals to give a proper diagnosis. Even though bedbugs aren’t known for transmitting diseases, their bites can cause severe allergic reactions. For some people, these reactions can cause red welts on the upper body. Other than your physical health, bed bugs can cause mental issues. It is not uncommon for those to experience insomnia, stress and depression because of bed bugs.

WorldWide Pest Control provides quality pest and termite control services for over 30 years. Our team of professionals is trained to handle pests needs for commercial and residential facilities. Contact WorldWide Pest Control to schedule an appointment today!

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