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Having pests in a home is troublesome as they are unsightly and can cause damage. In addition, pests can pose serious health risks. Read below to learn more about which kind of pests contribute to the spread of disease. To prevent pests from entering your Seattle Home, contact Whitworth Pest Solutions!

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Backyard Insects

Some backyard insects are very aggressive and will try to sting or bite. This is especially risky for children who may not know how to respond appropriately in the presence of such an insect. These stings and bites can often cause skin irritation or even severe allergic reactions. If you are suffering from an adverse reaction―like having trouble breathing―after a sting or bite, you may need immediate medical attention. Backyard insects can also spread allergens including pollens and other irritants that can cause itchy skin.

Ants in the House

Ants are great communicators. If one ant finds a good source of food or water in your home, they will head back and let the whole colony know about it. With a top priority to get into all of your food, they pose a serious risk when it comes to contaminating your kitchen.

If you see ants in your home, they will likely be in your kitchen or bathroom where they have access to food or water. Contact a pest control company right away to make sure your ant problems are resolved before your food becomes contaminated with ants.


Cockroaches can introduce bacteria like E. coli and salmonella to your home. Their presence in your home is enough to cause serious problems as they contaminate everything they come into contact with. They can cause illnesses such as gastroenteritis, food poisoning, dysentery and diarrhea.

Cockroaches also exist as an allergen to many people―often times, the same people who are allergic to shrimp and lobster. According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), as many as one out of five children has severe issues with cockroach allergens. These allergens can be found directly on a cockroach’s body, as well as in their saliva and droppings.


You may be surprised by how easy it is for rodents to get into a building through even the smallest crack. Seeing droppings, hearing them in the walls or floors, and observing gnaw marks around the house indicate that your house has a rodent problem. Rodents can spread disease directly by biting pets, children, or adults. More commonly, though, they cause disease indirectly in which their hair, saliva, or droppings contaminate your home.

Another way in which rodents spread diseases is through transporting mites and other pests that can bite and spread infection. One of the most dangerous rodent-borne diseases is Hantavirus, which can cause serious respiratory problems and requires immediate medical attention.

Pest Control Seattle

Whitworth Pest Solutions has the experience and expertise to resolve all of your pest issues. We have seen it all; from backyard insects to rodent infestations. Our knowledgeable team will identify the problem, then take quick action to remove the pests. We monitor pest activity throughout the process to ensure our work has the desired effect; then we take steps to help prevent future infestations. Contact us to learn more or set up an appointment today.

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