Common Health Issues Caused by Pests


At A-1, it’s our mission to provide your home or business with top notch pest control services. Not only do we provide insect control that removes creepy crawlers causing an infestation, we provide lasting solutions that will keep future infestations from becoming possible.

There are more general convenience and cleanliness issues behind the need for our services, but there are also potentially serious health issues. Many of the pests we eliminate can cause health problems in certain areas if they’re left unchecked, and this is what makes our service so important. Let’s look at some of the health issues you can avoid by looking to an exterminator immediately upon any infestation.

Hantavirus and Leptospirosis

Most commonly found in mice and rodents, hantavirus is a condition that can lead to fever and respiratory issues, and can be fatal in some extreme cases. It’s mostly found in the droppings from rodents, or dust found in particles from their urine.

Also found in rodents and their droppings is a bacterial disease called leptospirosis. Leptospirosis can be as mild as a fever or as significant as organ failure, brain swelling and death.

Food Contamination

Food-borne illnesses like dysentery, salmonella and gastroenteritis are all caused by bacteria formed through pest infestations. These can lead to all sorts of issues with pain and dehydration, and in the gastrointestinal tract. They’re most commonly spread by things like flies, mice and roaches.

West Nile Virus

Particularly common in areas with lots of mosquitos, West Nile Virus can become dangerous or fatal quickly. People in these areas will need to take special precautions.

Asthma and Respiratory Problems

People who have asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues often find these issues exacerbated by pest infestations. Roach droppings release a protein that causes asthma attacks, for instance, and there are several other triggers involving pests.

Want to learn more about any element of our pest removal services? Speak to the experts at A-1 today.

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