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(NAPS)—Native insects, spiders and even rodents play a vital role in the environment. Certain pests, however, can be hazardous to one’s health, from inflicting painful bites and stings that cause severe allergic reactions to transmitting diseases that may be life-threatening.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, several pest-related diseases pose a public health concern to those living in North America. To ensure safety, it is important that the public learn to identify and prevent contact with the most dangerous pests, including:
- Mosquito. Although approximately the size of a small button, a mosquito can cause big damage. A few of the more than 200 species found throughout North America transmit West Nile virus and other viruses that cause encephalitis (swelling of the brain). Internationally, mosquitoes cause major health problems through carrying and transmitting infectious agents that cause malaria, lymphatic filarisis and yellow fever.
- Rodent. From mice and rats to ground squirrels and prairie dogs, rodents are known to transmit diseases by biting humans and contaminating food sources or other surfaces. They also carry fleas or mites, which further spread disease. The common house mouse, recognizable by its grey coat and distinct ears, can contaminate food and surfaces. Deer mice, tan or brown on top with white feet and underbellies, can transmit a hantavirus that causes hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. Hantaviruses cause flu-like symptoms and death in more than one-third of cases, and there is no known treatment or vaccine. Norway rats, stocky with grayish-brown coats, can transmit murine typhus as well as contaminate food and surfaces.
- Tick. An adult tick has eight legs and is smaller than a sunflower seed. Ticks can transmit diseases including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, relapsing fever and tularemia.
“Not only do some pests cause disease, others are responsible for causing severe allergic reactions in humans and even death through bites or stings,” said Ron Harrison, Ph.D. and board-certified entomologist for Orkin, Inc. “Fire ants, yellow jackets, hornets and brown recluse spiders are prime examples of the most dangerous pests that do not transmit disease.”
Ways to prevent these unwanted pests in homes and establishments include caulking seals on doors, windows and ceiling cracks; cleaning thoroughly and frequently; and, most importantly, contacting a pest control professional for prevention and treatment.
According to the Centers forDisease Control and Prevention, several pest-related diseases pose a public health concern to those living in North America. Ways to prevent unwanted pests in homes and establishments include contacting a pest control professional for prevention and treatment. Visit www.Orkin.com for a free home inspection.