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How Pests in Your Home Can Affect Your Health

We all know that pests are a nuisance and can end up damaging our property and costing us hundreds of pounds – but did you know that, if left to coexist with your family, there are many types of pests that can have a negative effect on your health? Here are the facts that you need to know.  

Why pests can wreak havoc on your health  

Obviously, pests are living beings, which means that they will leave behind plenty of urine and excrement as they go about their day. This, unsurprisingly, is not very hygienic and can lead to the spread of disease and infection over time. In some cases, dried pieces of fecal matter, and sometimes skin, may become airborne and float around your living space, making it more likely to contaminate surfaces and get into your mouth or lungs. Disgusting, but true!  

There are a few types of pests, such as mosquitoes and cockroaches, that also play a part in aggravating already existing afflictions, like asthma and allergies, while others are culprits behind the spread of food contamination illnesses that target the digestive system. Mice and rats are good examples of the latter type of pest. Rodents leave behind droppings and urine as they scurry around your kitchen counters and cabinets in search of food.  

How to prevent the health issues caused by pests 

It can be quite terrifying to realize just how harmful household pests can be. Luckily, there are various steps that you can take to protect yourself and your family in the future. First and foremost, it is essential to call on a reputable pest control company, like Moxie Pest Control, for assistance the moment that you suspect that you have a pest infestation. These experts are equipped to deal with the problem quickly and efficiently, also taking precautions to prevent any further issues down the line. Pest control companies can assist with all sorts of pests, from cockroaches and ants to rodents and termites.  

Sometimes, it can take a while for it to become evident that pests have infiltrated your home, so you will want to take action to prevent or reduce the ill effects associated with them in any way possible. The first place to turn your attention to is the kitchen. Be extra careful about how you store your food. Use airtight containers and keep the lid of your dustbin on tightly at all times.  Strive to wash those dishes every evening before bed and to wipe those countertops with a disinfectant to avoid luring any hungry pests inside. Finally, also be sure to deal with any moisture within your home quickly, such as leaking pipes or a particularly humid bathroom. Most pests are attracted to warm, wet environments.  

With a bit of caution, and ensuring that you act fast the moment a pest problem is suspected, you should be able to prevent the negative consequences of the presence of pesky household pests on your health. When in doubt, do not hesitate to call on the experts for a professional opinion.