The Truth About Common Pests

ROACHES: The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) reports that one-in-five children in the United States have severe sensitivities to cockroach allergens, which increase the severity of asthma symptoms. These allergens are most commonly introduced in homes through cockroach saliva, droppings and the decomposing bodies of these pests. Cockroaches can also carry bacteria such as E coli and salmonella on their bodies, which can contaminate food, cooking equipment and food surfaces.

FLIES: carry more than 100 pathogens that can cause dangerous diseases in humans and animals, such as typhoid, polio and tuberculosis

ANTS: are social insects. Therefore, spotting one ant unfortunately signifies there are many more to follow. Ants are not simply unsightly – they can also be dangerous. They contaminate your food, cause irritation and can endanger your health.

MOSQUITOES: Their bite can leave itchy, red bumps. But the real threat posed by this pest is their ability to transmit numerous diseases including West Nile virus, malaria, yellow fever, dengue and encephalitis.

TICKS: carry many serious diseases, including Lyme disease, encephalitis and typhus.There has been an increase in the diagnosed cases of Lyme disease in the South. It is critical to be vigilant of ticks, especially if you are in wooded areas.

FLEAS: feed on human blood through small bites in the skin.

​CARPENTER ANTS: wood destroying insects that can inflict serious and costly damage to the structure of homes and businesses.

BEES AND WASPS: Yellowjackets, Africanized ‘killer’ bees, wasps, hornets and other stinging insects can be a real danger, especially for those who are allergic. These pests can pose a serious health risk if a hive is threatened or provoked, causing them to swarm and sting en masse.

MILLEPIEDS, CENTEPEDES, SILVERFISH, AND MORE: while not as dangerous, these creepy crawlies can be highly annoying and invasive.


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