10:39am Thursday 30 March 2017

How Pests Affect Your Family’s Health

There are a lot of environmental factors within a home that contribute to your and your family’s well-being. Some of those factors are psychological in nature. For example, children who grow up in households where parents use drugs or alcohol are far more likely to struggle with addiction themselves. Parents who often fight have children who are more prone to stress related illnesses. The list goes on.

There are also many physical factors that will have a direct affect on the health of yourself and your family. For example, homes with living plants have better air quality than those without. Low VOC paint is also better for your health. One of the biggest physical factors you have to deal with to help keep your family healthy is pest control.

Pest control might not seem like that big of a deal, especially during the colder months when, according to the experts at Moxie Pest Control, most pests seem to hunker down for the season and stay out of everyone’s way. The truth is that pests like ants, mosquitoes, spiders, mice, rats, beetles, cockroaches, bedbugs, etc can wreak havoc on a person’s health.

Disease Carriers

By now, everybody knows that mosquitoes carry malaria and most of us have vowed never to travel to parts of Florida after the Zika virus of summer 2016. But did you know that mosquitoes also carry encephalitis, Dengue and Yellow fever and a bunch of other bad stuff that can affect humans and pets?

Mosquitos aren’t the only disease carriers you have to worry about. Mice and rats can carry rabies, salmonella, and the plague? You do know that the bubonic plague was able to spread and kill so many people because it was carried by rats, right?

For someone with a hearty immune system, the odds of you actually catching malaria from a mosquito bite or plague from a rat is relatively small. For people whose immune systems haven’t been built up (like children) or whose systems are compromised (like the ill or the elderly), these are real threats.

Environmental Issues

There is also the simple fact that many pests wreak havoc on the environment of your home. Many are burrowers and diggers, which means that they create dust and particulate debris that can easily be breathed in. For asthma sufferers and others with pulmonary issues, this can be incredibly dangerous.

And, there are some pests who could literally take down your house. Termites are the most common example of this (and probably what you first thought of). Another pest that is spreading across the country is the “crazy ant” which is attracted to electronics and swarm in numbers so large they can look like a moving carpet. Crazy ants are also very hard to kill and once you have them, getting rid of them can be near impossible.

Preventing Pests

Knowing that pests are problematic is easy. Doing something about it, however, takes some work. It isn’t as simple as tossing out a few ant traps and calling it a day–a tactic which you will want to avoid if you have pets. Here are the two best ways to keep your home as close to pest free as possible.

Seal It Up: pests don’t typically wait for a window to be left open or sneak in behind you when you open the door. They will look for any way possible into your house–chewing through insulation, squeezing through cracks, crawling through pipes, etc. Go through your home and make sure that it is sealed up tight. Put wire mesh around the spaces that might gap–like where pipes are fitted through walls. Caulk up cracks. Replace your weather stripping.

Keep It Clean: pests love homes that are cluttered and that aren’t cleaned very often. Prevent them by keeping up with your housework. You don’t have to keep the place sterile-level clean, but regular washing and vacuuming are important. And do your best not to let clutter pile up.

Dealing with pests is nobody’s idea of a good time, especially if you are dealing with other health issues. Hopefully, this article will help you keep a mindful eye on your home so it will stay pest-free.

 


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