Not only do they affect our health through bacteria and disease, but they also damage homes and account for lost business income to the tune of millions of dollars per year—which is why pest control services are vital to a thriving economy and healthy communities.
We all know pests are a nuisance, but you might not be aware of their specific health threats. That’s why we’ve pulled together the following insights and advice to help protect your home—and your family—from all the nasty bacteria and diseases pests can carry.
Pest-related health threats
The common household pests we get here in Perth can carry a huge range of bacteria through their droppings, urine, and saliva.
Direct contact from pests usually results in more serious health issues. For example, if you’re bitten by a rodent, you may experience diarrhoea, stomach pain, fever, vomiting, headaches, body aches, or lethargy, while fleas, ticks, and flies can spread salmonella, gastroenteritis, dysentery, and even tuberculosis.
If you’re prone to allergies, be sure to avoid dust mites and cockroaches. Both of these pests can trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions as they drop faeces and shed body parts. Even bed bugs can trigger a serious reaction in some people, with nasty bites that can cause itching and blisters, or even hives.
It’s not just direct contact with pests that puts your health at risk either. Indirectly, many pests can contaminate food—which can be a particularly serious concern for the health of your family, and potentially have legal ramifications if you run a cafe or restaurant.
Protecting your health through pest control
If you’re looking to protect your family, your home, or your business (or all three) from pest-related health conditions, the most effective solution is to call in professional pest control.
While some DIY pest control methods can be effective, professional teams have the skills, experience, and tools to properly assess your property, before diagnosing the cause and extent of any pest issues. Professionals will also understand whether your pest infestation exposes you to any health risks, and if so, what actions you need to take—both short term and long term.
Following their diagnosis, professional pest control experts will also advise on the most effective treatment plan to neutralise any immediate health threats and protect you from future infestations.
Protect your home, protect your health
Protecting your home from pests is key to protecting your health. The most effective way to do that is by hiring pest control professionals to conduct quarterly, bi-annual, or annual pest inspections—helping to spot issues early and prevent re-infestation in the future.
At Bug Busters, we pride ourselves on our ability to protect homes and businesses across Perth from all of the dangerous issues pests can cause. If you suspect a pest problem at your property, or just want more help preventing infestations and avoiding pest-related health issues, contact our expert team today—we’d be more than happy to help!