Having common pests in your home or business can be more than an annoyance. These creatures can carry bacteria or viruses that can be transmitted to humans and beloved household pets. Some of these diseases can be life-threatening, while others can cause significant symptoms like diarrhea, stomach upset, chronic fatigue, and more. While there are certainly more negative effects and diseases that pests can carry that are not listed, below is a primer on what mice and rats, fleas and ticks, and roaches and flies can be carrying:
Mice and Rats
Mice and rats have been known to carry disease since the days of the Plague in Europe. These prolific pests not only carry diseases but are also hosts to other parasites, such as fleas, that carry their own illnesses. Two of the most common conditions people face from rats and mice today are salmonellosis, which can cause flu-like symptoms and even death if not treated or if caught, especially in the elderly and young children. Rat-bite fever is also an infectious disease you can contract from being exposed to a rodent that leads to fever-like symptoms.
Fleas and Ticks
Cat scratch fever is not just the name of a song, but it is first and foremost a severe disease often transmitted by cat fleas. Children, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to this treatable infection than healthy adults. Fleas or ticks, sometimes causing permanent damage to the lymphatic system can also carry the blood disease Tularemia. At its mildest form, flu-like symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, fever and swollen lymph nodes can be present if the pest is a carrier.
Roaches and Flies
Cockroaches and flies are often responsible for the same types of diseases because of their tendency to be around food. Most commonly, cockroaches irritate asthma. While they don’t carry anything that causes this disease, their moltings are a major irritant for those pre-disposed to breathing problems. Two diseases that are transmitted by roaches and flies are Shigellosis and Amoebic Dysentery, both responsible for symptoms such as severe diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Although these ailments often last as long as a week at a time, they can be particularly harmful to children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems.
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