Health is wealth, so they say! Well, the truth is, health is a broad subject that would take thousands of books to cover, but one thing is for sure… most pests and rodents have several negative impacts on human health.
Simply defined, rodents are small animals that gnaw on our food, garden crops, and even property, mostly using their front incisor teeth located in the upper and lower jaws.
In other words, they will eat anything they come across that seems edible to them, even your clothes! The most common rodents that cause havoc in households include rats, mice, and rarely squirrels.
On the other hand, the word pest is a broader term used to refer to insects, arachnids, and other tiny animals or bugs that often cause nuisance, pain, and disturbance in plants, humans, and other animals.
Most of them are destructive to our food, and property. Some of them sting, whereas others bite. Some crawl, whereas some fly. Common examples include cockroaches, ants, wasps, termites, crickets, flies, spiders, mosquitoes, bedbugs, fleas, and mites, just to name a few. Some rodents, like the ones mentioned earlier, are pests as well.
Unfortunately, most of these pests and rodents come from the wild and find their way into our homes (and even places of work), both interior and exterior environments.
The other sad thing is that they tend to multiply quickly and if you fail to keep the situation under control in good timing, these annoying creatures can be really difficult to exterminate.
To successfully get rid of them, you’d have to consider several factors, including the type of rodent that you have, where they like hiding, what could be encouraging their entry into your home, the most realistic solution to the problem, and most importantly, hiring an experienced pest exterminator for their services or advice.
In a recent guide from the article www.citypests.com/how-to-get-rid-of-rats/, different types of rodents may require different approaches to treatment, but the first and most important step is to learn how to prevent them.
From these, you could try rat poison, traps, or even natural rat eradication remedies. All the same, hiring an experienced hand will take a great deal of hustle off of your hands.
With that in mind, how exactly can these unpleasant creatures harm your health? Below are the effects of pests on one’s health.
They Harbor Diseases
One of the biggest negative effects of pests and rodents on human health is that they can make you fall ill. Most of them are disease carriers, either directly or indirectly.
For instance, cockroaches and flies are unhygienic and when they come into contact with your food, they could leave bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella, which could cause gastrointestinal diseases and food poisoning to the consumer.
Rats, on the other hand, are known to harbor a wide range of diseases, including leptospirosis, rabies, salmonellosis, plague, and murine typhus, just to name a few.
From the West Nile Virus to the Zika virus and malaria, mosquitoes are vectors to a wide variety of diseases.
The list of diseases whose spread is caused by pests and rodents is literally endless, and the best thing you can do to stay safe and healthy is to take measures to eradicate these unfriendly creatures as soon as you notice or suspect the first signs of pest infestation or invasion in your home or commercial premises.
A Giant Source of Nuisance
Once they invade our homes and places of business, pests and rodents also become a huge source of nuisance.
For instance, the mere sight of a bunch of cockroaches in your kitchen cabinet could easily make you lose your appetite or want to vomit your empty stomach off.
The squeaking, chattering and hissing sounds that rats produce could make it difficult for you to fall asleep.
Likewise, the stridulating of crickets or the annoying sounds that mosquitoes produce can be a major source of insomnia.
These and other pests will disrupt your sleep, infringe on your comfort, get on your nerves, and mess up your mood, all of which are bad to your overall health and well-being. If you have a specific phobia of any of these animals, coming across them often could lead to some sort of psychological trauma or trigger an unhealthy outcome.
They Can Impact Your Nutrition
From veggies to cereals, and even meats, many pests are also destructive to our food. Especially rats, rodents can be a real menace when they find their way into your food storage spaces.
What’s worse, they’ll not only leave destruction, but there’s a big chance that what is left will be contaminated with germs and toxins. The last thing you want is to consume your food as “leftovers” from these pesky invaders.
They Introduce Allergies
Many pests and rodents are also a major cause of allergies and poor indoor air quality in modern households and commercial settings.
Rats, for instance, do shed fur, which can be a huge cause of allergies. The same case applies to their droppings or fecal matter. Pests can carry allergens such as dust into the home.
For this reason, pest infestation often puts the dwellers at a higher risk of suffering from allergies such as asthma and upper respiratory tract problems.
Some Bite or Sting, And Cause Injury
From mites to fleas, termites, and bedbugs, some of them bite, whereas others, such as bees, hornets, and wasps sting. Some forms of spiders even contain a type of venom whose antidote is rare to find. If not fatal, some of them could potentially leave you paralyzed.
Even though mice play a huge role in laboratories as they’re used in research studies to make our medical and pharmaceutics worlds more innovative, the many things that these pesky organisms can have on humans can hardly be overlooked.
They are not only a big health hazard to the victim, but also a huge major societal problem that requires immediate addressing. The above are just a few of the many effects pests and rodents can have on one’s health.