April 13, 2010

The Role of Pest Control in Public Health

In most cases, the public of Washington State is in good hands when it comes to their pest management person. Our state employs a rigorous testing and continuing education program for commercial pest control applicators. This is important to know because most people don’t realize the important and ever increasing role that pest management plays in public health and safety.

Here are some examples of how Whitworth Pest Solutions and other pest management professionals protect public health:

Bed bug control: Bed bugs are blood-feeding parasites that have received a lot of attention due to the fact that infestations have risen dramatically. At this time, they’re not known to spread diseases. Hotel managers, property managers, and anyone else who has been personally affected by bed bug problems considers them to be a health threat.

Cockroach control: Not only are cockroaches probably the most disliked of all pests, they can play an important role in disease transmission. They contaminate food with their saliva, feces and glandular secretions. They can spread a variety of diseases, but are most often implicated in the transmission of Salmonella, which causes food poisoning.

Mosquito control: In our state, many cities, municipalities, and homeowner associations have set aside money to hire pest management professionals to treat storm drains, wetlands, retention ponds and other standing bodies of water. Controlling mosquitoes helps to reduce the impact of annoying bites and mosquito-borne diseases.

Rodent control: From a public health perspective, rats and mice are huge threats to any food-related manufacturing, processing or distribution facility. The sheer amount of food contaminated every year by rodents is shocking. In a worldwide study done in 1982, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations reported that rats destroyed more than 42 million tons of food worth $30 billion. It’s estimated that between one-fifth to one-third of the world’s food supply never reaches the table due to losses from rodents. In the U.S., food and health inspectors will not tolerate any presence of rodents in areas where contamination could occur. Therefore, the pest management professional plays a huge role in the sanitation and food safety programs of these facilities.

Many others: Fleas, flies (biting and non-biting), stinging insects, mites, ticks and spiders all contribute threats to public health as well, depending on the situation.

These are just a few of the pests that pest management professionals combat. Pest management becomes necessary when populations of any of the aforementioned pests reach intolerable levels or when potential disease problems become evident. In either case, a well-educated, well-trained pest management company such as Whitworth Pest Solutions is often relied upon to protect the public from these threats.

Filed under: Commercial Service, Education, Public Health
Posted By: Whitworth Admin at 5:13 pm

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