Diseases Spread By Rodents and Insects

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Insects and other creatures invading your home are more than a nuisance. In fact, they are insanitary and can threaten the well-being of your family. This article lists the diseases spread by rodents and insects to make you aware of the risks you take every day you wait to treat your home.


Rodents are one of the most dangerous animals in terms of diseases it can spread. If you can remember a few of your high school history lessons, you may recall the rats were a key player in spreading the ‘bubonic plague’ (also known as the black death) in the Middle Ages. However, this now rare disease still exists. In fact, a 12 year old girl was diagnosed with the bubonic plague in Colorado in 2012. The Hantavirus is another potentially deadly disease spread by mice. Breathing infected mice urine and stool leads to painful headaches, muscle aches and fatigue. Salmonella is a common disease spread by rodents. Eating food contaminated by mice or rats’ feces and urine can cause fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain. The Rat-Bite-Fever has similar symptoms to salmonella and are spread through infected rodent or food/water infected by mice and rats.


Mosquitoes are the ultimate disease transmitter. They infect millions of people every year and can spread a variety of infections. You have probably heard of the Dengue, Yellow Fever, Malaria and West Nile Viruses before. These originated outside of the United States but have been brought back mostly through travelers. In fact, Dengue has reported 55 cases of the disease in Texas in 1999. These diseases are similar to the flu and have very serious, uncomfortable symptoms.


Cockroaches carry a variety of diseases, from gastroenteritis, dysentery, typhoid and poliomyelitis. They contaminate the food they eat or places they eat, which can easily be spread to human beings. While gastroenteritis is usually treatable, it can be very uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous for children or older adults. Additionally, dysentery, typhoid and poliomyelitis are life-threatening diseases that attack the individual’s digestive track, muscles and neurological system.


Although their role as a transmitter is still being investigated, bedbugs have been proven to carry diseases such as HIV or hepatitis B. Their bites can also cause uncomfortable rashes, infections and skin allergic reactions.


Spread through our feline or canine friends, ticks can sometimes spread through your home and carry diseases like Lyme Disease. Such diseases can cause a skin rash, followed by muscle fatigue and in worst case, paralysis. It is a serious condition similar to the flu that is sometimes not noticeable until it is too late.

The creatures listed above are very small and sometimes unnoticeable, but yet they carry some of the most dangerous diseases on the planet. With world travel, catching such disease in Springfield, Mo is definitely not impossible. Protect your home today by calling a pest control specialist. He/She will be able to efficiently treat your house as well as diagnose with creatures you are dealing with.

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