Pest and Disease Control: Keeping Your Family Safe and Healthy


February 14, 2018 - Brian Reynolds

From the sudden outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus to diseases like Salmonella and Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome carried by rats, everyday pests can quickly turn deadly. Especially if you live in a home with children or residents with weakened immune systems, it’s your responsibility to learn everything you can about pest and disease control. Sadly, however, many homeowners aren’t aware of the severity of pest-borne illnesses until it’s too late. We want to make sure that doesn’t happen to you and your family. So, we’ve created this guide to helping you understand the basics of pest and disease control.

Pest And Disease Control: Common Illnesses And The Pests That Them


Let’s take a look at some of the most common pest-borne illnesses in the country, and link them up to the animals and bugs that cause them. Then, we’ll tell you exactly where you can find pest and disease control services to keep your family safe.

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Mosquitos: West Nile Virus


Though awareness about West Nile Virus is high thanks to a serious amount of press coverage in recent years, there’s no reason to think that the virus is a thing of the past. When a mosquito comes into contact with a bird that’s been infected with West Nile Virus, it picks up the illness itself. Then, it spreads it to the humans it bites. This means that WNV is spread exclusively through animal to human contact — never human to human. Sometimes, the results of WNV can be akin to the common flu. You might have to deal with a fever, severe headaches, or even mild confusion. Other times, however, symptoms and consequences can be quite severe. In some cases, coming into contact with WNV means that you’ll experience tremors, muscle spasms or handshakes, or even a coma and paralysis. And even if you come down with a more mild case, studies show that you’ll still deal with complications from the virus for the rest of your life. This is why taking pest and disease control seriously is so important.

Flies: E. Coli


Flies aren’t just the annoying pests ruining your food and keeping you awake half of the night by buzzing in your ear. They can also carry serious diseases, including but certainly not limited to E. Coli. It’s not pretty. If you get E.Coli, you’ll suffer from dehydration, bloody stool, severe cramping, nausea, and high fevers of over 100 degrees. Especially if you have children, you need to take serious measures to avoid E. Coli. This is because it’s the number one cause of kidney failure in young children — and it can easily spread to other organs from there. The tough thing about E. Coli is that it’s impossible to gauge how severe of an outbreak you’ll have to deal with. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you could recover without any medication in a little over a week. However, you could also deal with severe infections to your intestines, extreme weight loss, and exhaustion. That’s not a gamble anyone should be willing to take.

Mice: Hantavirus


Lots of people think of mice as either cute and furry animals or frightening pests that scurry across your countertops and give you the creeps. But what most people don’t know is that mice and their feces can carry serious diseases that will harm both you and your family members. Case in point: Hantavirus. This illness is spread when a mice bites you (we know, we’d rather not think about it either.) However, you can also get Hantavirus as an air-borne illness, especially by coming into contact with mice feces. Hantavirus starts out by feeling a lot like the common flu, and ends in severe disaster and discomfort if left untreated. In some cases, it can even become deadly. In fact, according to the CDC, Hantavirus has a total mortality rate of a terrifyingly high 38%. Your lungs may be filled up with fluid, you’ll experience severe difficulty breathing, and you’ll deal with unpleasant bouts of nausea and diarrhea. Many patients will also notice they have severe aches in their muscles, especially in the back and shoulder areas. If you notice any of these symptoms, first, call a doctor. Then, immediately call pest and disease control professionals.

Ticks: Lyme Disease


Many people wrongly think that they can only get bitten by a tick in the forest. However, keep in mind that ticks can quite easily get into your home — especially if you have pets. Ticks are carriers of Lyme Disease. Trust us when we tell you, you don’t want to get it. Lyme Disease can come with devastating consequences, even if you’re able to get the proper treatment. You’ll be dealing with exhaustion, pain in your joints, and even potential heart and nervous system complications. You’ll also be faced with chronic pain, potential memory loss, and swelling in your joints. In some cases, patients can even experience Bell’s palsy. You don’t want to live the rest of your life like this when pest and disease control and prevention options are available.

Where Can You Find Reliable Pest Elimination Services?


We know that some of the information in this post has likely frightened you. While our intention isn’t to scare you, we do hope we’ve made it clear that pest and disease control is something to be taken seriously. To that end, if you live or manage property in the South Florida area, we’d love to help you to make your home safer. We offer a wide variety of pest control and elimination services, including yard bugs, rodent control, larger animal control, mosquito and termite control, and much more. Don’t put your family’s health at risk for one more day. Instead, get in touch with us to set up a free estimate, and let us take care of pests once and for all.

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