Pest Infestation -Does it Affect Human Health?

Pests are unwanted organisms that can have a severe impact on our health. When a home is infested with pests, it affects not only the structure of the house but also the well-being of the people living in it. Pests can carry various diseases and illnesses, and their presence can lead to significant health issues.

With the help of Stride Pest Control professionals, you can eliminate pests from your home and ensure you are away from unwanted health conditions. 

  • Allergies

Pests can cause various allergic reactions in humans, including skin rashes, respiratory problems, and asthma. Cockroaches, dust mites, and bed bugs are common indoor allergens that can trigger an allergic reaction. These pests shed skin and leave behind feces, which can cause irritation and respiratory issues. People with pre-existing respiratory conditions like asthma or allergies are at a higher risk of developing symptoms when exposed to these pests.

  • Infectious Diseases

Pests can carry a variety of infectious diseases that can be harmful to humans. Rodents are known carriers of dangerous diseases like hantavirus, salmonella, and the plague. Ticks can carry Lyme disease, and mosquitos can transmit diseases like the West Nile virus and Zika virus. Cockroaches can carry salmonella and E. coli, while fleas can transmit the bubonic plague. Exposure to these pests can put humans at risk of contracting these severe diseases.

  • Bites and Stings

Pests like bees, wasps, and spiders can deliver painful bites or stings that can cause severe reactions. While most insect bites and stings are not dangerous, they can be painful and cause swelling and redness. In some cases, people may have an allergic reaction to the venom, which can cause anaphylaxis, a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.

  • Mental Health

Pests can also have a significant impact on mental health. The presence of pests in a home can cause stress, anxiety, and fear, especially in children. Pests like bed bugs can cause sleepless nights, leading to exhaustion and irritability. In extreme cases, dealing with a pest infestation can lead to mental health issues like depression and anxiety.

  • Food Contamination

Pests like rats and cockroaches can contaminate food and food preparation areas. They can leave behind feces, urine, and other harmful substances that can contaminate surfaces and utensils. Contaminated food can cause food poisoning and other illnesses that harm our health.

  • Structural Damage

Pests can also cause significant damage to the structure of a home. Termites, for example, can cause significant damage to wooden structures, leading to weakened support and potential collapse. Rodents can chew through wires and insulation, leading to costly repairs. This damage can lead to exposure to harmful substances like asbestos, harming human health.