How Pests Can Affect Your Health

The fact remains, pests can have harmful effects upon your health and your family’s health.  It is important to fully understand the dangers stemming from these types of infestations.  Did you know that some of the most common pests in homes are cockroaches, rodents and ants?  It is unsettling to think of us sharing our homes with these pests because of the serious threats they pose.  Below is more detailed overview of the health risks associated with particular pests.


The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) reports that one-in-five children in the Unites States have severe sensitivities to cockroach allergens, which increase the severity of asthma symptoms.  These allergens are most commonly introduced in homes through cockroach saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies of these pests.  Cockroaches can carry bacteria such as E coli and salmonella on their bodies, which can contaminate food, cooking equipment and food surfaces.


Ants are social insects.  Therefore, spotting one ant unfortunately signifies there are many more to follow.  Ants are not simply unsightly they can also be dangerous contaminates to food.  Considering that you likely eat multiple meals a day in your home, the presence of ants and the potential for food contamination from their presences in as issue that must be addressed when considering your health and the health of your family.

If you have a cockroach or an ant infestation, be sure to take action to treat the problem and contact a licensed pest control professional to aid you in preventing future infestations.  Also, be sure to ask if they install InCide® Pest Control Insulation.  InCide® will kill cockroaches and ants upon contact and will reduce your monthly utility costs.  InCide® Pest Control is an EPA registered product and may only be installed by a licensed pest control professional.


How Pests Can Affect Your Health — 2 Comments

  1. Pests have their name for a reason, they are problems to living environments. I had an issue with a raccoon in my chimney last month, was a scary situation, which caused me to call a professional animal remover. I knew something was up when I’d hear strange noises. Have you ever had an issue like this before?

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