Many homeowners are quick to contact animal control to take care of any and all pest problems. This is the best course of action because not only is a pest infestation off-putting, but it can have serious health repercussions for the entire family.
Contaminate food sources
Many pests enter households in search of food for themselves. This means they will crawl into pantries, cabinets, and any other places where food is stored. Not only are they stealing food from the family, but they are also contaminating the remaining food.
Pests come from outside, which means they are spreading dirt, germs, and other harmful bacteria into food sources. In addition to cleaning all surfaces, many families are forced to throw away food after a pest infestation. No one wants to eat from a container that a rat may or may not have been crawling around in – it has the ability to make humans sick.
Trigger allergic reactions
While many allergies and asthma symptoms are associated with plant pollen, common household pests are also known to trigger allergic reactions. This includes symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, itchy eyes, runny nose, and sneezing.
Potent allergen proteins can be found in a variety of pest’s saliva, skin, and droppings. If a person comes into contact with the pest, or an area where the pest has been, they might develop mild to severe allergies.
Carry diseases and viruses
The worst thing about having a pest infestation is their ability to transfer diseases and viruses to humans and pets. Common household pests can carry leptospirosis, Salmonella, hantavirus, tuberculosis, spotted fever, and many other diseases. These viruses are highly contagious and present a number of symptoms after being transmitted to humans. While symptoms normally fade after a few weeks, some diseases are more serious and life-threatening.
Diseases can be spread in a variety of ways, including feces, saliva, urine, bites, scratches, or even close contact. Once fecal matter dries, it is especially dangerous to those who breathe it in.
Pest infestations are also dangerous to household pets. In an attempt to capture the creature, dogs and cats can suffer intestinal worms, toxoplasmosis, and other infections – all of these can seriously impact the health of the pet.
Have A Pest Problem? Call the Experts at Shumaker Animal Control
If you think you have a pest problem on your property, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you. Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that your home and pets are not in any danger.
At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves. All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.
Call us at 443-854-8072, visit our website or fill out our contact form for more information.