Besides being troublesome and unpleasant to look at, a pest infestation in your home can bring with it health risks and sometimes dangerous consequences. Effectively protect your Plano home from pests to avoid any risk of infestation complications.
The Health Risks of Pest Infestations
While many households may experience a pest infestation from time to time, individuals are likely to underestimate the health risks that a pest infestation poses. Issues such as asthma or other respiratory problems, food contamination, and certain viruses can all be brought into your home. However, some pests pose a bigger health risk than others.
Below, we discuss some of the more dangerous pests you may experience and the potential health risks that they may introduce.
- Rodents: These are some of the most troublesome pests to deal with once they infest your home. Rodents (both rats and mice) carry with them several diseases. Humans may contract hantavirus, leptospirosis, or experience food contamination problems due to rodent droppings or urine.
- Roaches: All types of roaches are unpleasant to look at, but their droppings and carcasses can also release a protein known to cause asthma attacks and other respiratory problems in humans. Roaches may also cause food contamination-related illnesses.
- Ants: Certain ant species, like the fire ant, can deliver painful and stinging bites to humans. These bites may send a vulnerable individual into anaphylaxis, which will require medical attention.
- Mosquitos: Besides delivering pesky bites, mosquitos carry the West Nile virus, which can rapidly become life-threatening. Add to that how fast mosquitos multiply, and an infestation of these bugs can become quite dangerous.
- Spiders: While not all spiders are harmful to humans, an infestation of insects such as ants or mosquitos may bring certain spiders into your home, including the dangerous brown recluse or black widow spiders. Bites from these two spiders will require medical attention.
Pest Prevention Tips For Plano Homeowners
The best way to ensure that all of these troublesome pests stay out of your home is to invest in ongoing pest control – the experts at All-Safe Pest & Termite can assist you with this. You can also follow a few other simple pest prevention tips.
- Seal entrances into your house that pests may wander into. This includes fixing up cracks or gaps in windows and doors, gaps in the foundation, or open areas in weather stripping found around your home.
- Make sure your home is clean and free of food waste. Areas of clutter and debris can attract spiders or other small pests, while food waste may tempt ants, roaches, and rodents to enter your home. You should also ensure that all outside pet food and trash bags are completely sealed.
- Fix up leaks or other areas of moisture. Small amounts of water are likely to attract all kinds of pests, so keeping your property dry will deter insects from moving in.
- Utilize traps to eliminate pests on a small scale. This type of prevention can help stop an infestation from ever starting up.
The Importance of Pest Elimination
If you are experiencing any kind of pest infestation, it is important to eliminate it as quickly and completely as possible to avoid any negative insect encounters or health risks. The best way to remove pests from your home is to contact the professionals at All-Safe Pest & Termite – they will be able to evaluate your pest problem and provide effective solutions in making your home pest-free. Reach out to us today to learn more about our residential pest control options!