Having pests in your home can be frustrating. They’re a nuisance.  It can be hard to get rid of them.  But what’s worse?  Pests can be harmful to your health and your home. 

Rodents, in particular, can carry the harmful diseases Hantavirus and Leptospirosis. Transmitted through rodent urine and droppings, Hantavirus and Leptospirosis can cause serious health problems. Symptoms of Hantavirus are fatigue, respiratory issues like coughing and trouble breathing, and fever. Leptospirosis has a wide range of symptoms, from nausea to fever to muscle aches, but in bad cases, it can lead to kidney or liver failure. In the worst cases, both Hantavirus and Leptospirosis can cause death.  

Mosquitoes carry diseases like West Nile Virus, which is the most common mosquito-borne disease in the United States. Most people infected with the virus do not experience symptoms, but, if there are symptoms, they usually include headaches, body aches, fatigue, and weakness.  

Those with asthma or allergies can be affected by many types of pest infestations. Particularly common are issues from insects like cockroaches. Roach droppings and carcasses release a protein that can trigger allergy and respiratory issues. Even if there are no underlying allergies or asthmatic conditions, long-term exposure to the protein can be harmful to your lungs.  

Because of the health hazards associated with pests, it is important to practice pest prevention in your home. Make your home unattractive to pests by sealing food in airtight containers, cleaning up crumbs, and removing trash from the home as soon as possible. Stop pests from entering your home by filling in gaps in your foundation, sealing windows and doors, and keeping attics and crawl spaces dry. 

If you spot pests or signs of an infestation in or around your home, contact May Exterminating for a thorough inspection of your home and peace of mind with effective pest-control treatments. Put your family’s health first and trust May Exterminating to keep your home pest-free.