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Three Pests Wreaking Havoc on Your Health

Get control of your health and your home by getting rid of these pests

You and your family’s health should be one of your top concerns because there are some pests that pose a threat this spring season. When people think of cockroaches, mice or rats, they don’t necessarily have the nicest thoughts about them, but they may not fully realize the repercussions they can have on their overall health. These pests are already a nuisance, so don’t let them destroy your health too by invading your home.

Mice and rats are widely known for sneaking into places they shouldn’t be, especially through tiny openings in your home. A mouse only needs a space the size of a nickel and a rat can squeeze through an opening the size of a quarter. Aside from being devious intruders, rats are also excellent climbers and can make their way into a home through the roofline as well.  Below are some of the horrid things they can bring into your home.

Diseases or Other Pests That Can Be Brought into Your Home by Mice & Rats:

  • Rats and mice carry hitchhikers like fleas, mites, ticks and lice.
    • Through pests like these, you could be infected with Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, tapeworms and more.
  • Rat-Bite Fever, which brings about symptoms such as fever, vomiting, muscle pain, headaches, rashes, etc.
  • By consuming food or water contaminated by rat and mice feces, you could become infected by Salmonella.
  • Leptospirosis, which can result in liver or kidney damage.
  • In a worse case scenario, these rodents can carry the plague.


We can all agree that cockroaches are one of the more disgusting insects that we will encounter in our lifetime… but do you know how nasty they can be? Because they come from sewers and dark, humid places, these critters carry some of the worst kinds of diseases.

Diseases or Other Pests That Can Be Brought into Your Home by Cockroaches:

  • Allergens that can trigger allergies and increase the severity of asthma symptoms. These allergens stick around from cockroach droppings, cast skins and carcasses.
  • They are known for carrying over 33 different kinds of bacteria and germs. Some of these bacteria include Staphylococcus, Streptococcus and Escherichia coli.
  • Parasitic worms and other kinds of human pathogens.


Even though these resilient buggers seem to almost withstand anything, including radiation and maybe even the apocalypse, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to stop them from invading your home.

Prevention Tips for Keeping Out These Intruders:

  • Great sanitation and habitat reduction, along with vacuuming regularly.
  • Seal cracks and holes, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home.
  • Immediately clean up any spills or food messes.
  • Remove pet food and litter trays before going to bed.
  • Remove rotting leaves and unnecessary brush around the exterior of your home.
  • Declutter and straighten up your home – whether it is stacks of books, magazines, movies, or boxes, it is best to keep an open space.
  • Store food in thick metal or plastic containers with tight lids.


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