How Pests Can Affect Your Health

Buying organic food, regular exercise and meditation are often considered some of the staples in healthy living and wellbeing.  Yet, not as many people associate their home as a place that could harbor tiny little health threats.

For instance, many connect the word “pest,” to thoughts of – gross, creepy, and annoying.  But in reality, most pests can be much more than a disgusting  irritation. They can be a direct and indirect threat to you and your family’s health and wellbeing.  That is because many pests, like fleas, mosquitoes and rats are a vector (or carrier) for human disease.

Here are some of the more common pests, and how they can negatively impact your health:

cockroach_icon_croppedCockroaches

Unless you’re an entomologist, you probably already think cockroaches are gross, creepy and most definitely hideous. Besides their obvious ick factor, they can be a serious health risk.  First off, they multiply quickly, therefore it does not take long for a few to turn into a full-blown infestation in no time.  Roaches shed their skin and leave behind droppings and urine (everywhere!); which then quickly become airborne allergens.  These particles can cause an allergic reaction to those who have asthma or who are otherwise sensitive to allergens – especially children. As if that were not enough, because they can sneak in through the smallest cracks, crevices, drains, vents and sewer pipes, they tend to contaminate other surfaces like your countertops & cupboards with bacteria and pathogens.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes. Are. Annoying. No two ways about it.  And you probably are at least aware that mosquitoes can carry and transmit disease.  As of late, the news has been plastered with stories about the mosquito-born illness, the Zika Virus. However, it is not often top of mind for many New Englanders, especially with our short summers and long cold winters, mosquito season is almost over, right after it starts.  However, the diseases that mosquitoes are known to transmit in these parts are no laughing matter. West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis can cause serious illness in some, including encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), meningitis (inflammation of the brain and spinal cord) and some cases even death.

rat-iconRodents

Rodents are not always perceived as a serious health risk because to many; they are viewed as cute and having them around has almost become a way of life.  The cold hard truth is those little, furry, beady-eyed critters are known to carry over thirty-five – yes, 35 diseases! These diseases are spread in a variety of ways, through bites, contaminated food/water (with rodent feces – ewww!), and from inhaling pathogens from rodent urine and droppings. Not so cute now – are they?

Bed bugs

Believe it or not, bed bugs are not known to transmit disease to humans! So why did they make the list, you ask?  True, it is possible, that some individual may have an allergic reaction to their bite and any bug bite could become infected if you scratch it and introduce germs to the wound. However, overall even though bed bugs may not have much of an impact on our physical health, bedbugs are known to create mental health concerns which are very real issues that should not be ignored or disregarded. For instance, many people who have suffered through a bed bug infestation have developed insomnia, depression, social isolation and stress, just to name a few.

The Cat’s Eye King Pest Solution

If you have a pest problem, don’t tackle it alone. C.E.K’s goal is to solve your pest problem while minimizing the amount of materials placed in and around your home.  We do this through careful inspections, locating pest “hot spots,” as well as helping you to minimize conditions that promote pest activity in and around your home.

Keep your family safe from the health risks of pests. Call Us Now! (02) 703-48-33

Treating Bed Bugs Safely And Legally

There are lots of wives’ tales and ideas floating around the Internet about the best way to get rid of bed bugs. It can be tempting to use a treatment posted online by your ex-boyfriend’s cousin, but the important thing to remember when choosing a bed but treatment is to find a solution that is both safe and legal.

Only pesticides registered with the EPA are legal in the United States. To get registered by the EPA, products must go through extensive tests, so you can feel confident in the legality of any EPA-approved product. EPA-registered treatments have also been proven to be safe and effective. To know if a product is registered, look for an EPA Registration number on the label. You can trust EPA products as long as you follow the directions on the label correctly.

Bed bugs can be a frustrating problem, so people often resort to unsafe behavior in an effort to get rid of the bed bugs faster. It is never safe to mix pesticides and treatments together without the instructions and guidance of a bed bug professional. No matter what you hear from other people, never use rubbing alcohol or carbon dioxide, propane, or helium gases. Likewise, using a pesticide that is labeled for outdoor use can release dangerous chemicals inside your home and make it unsafe to live. You should also never buy a bed bug treatment off the street if you have no idea what you are buying, and never use a chemical treatment directly on your body.

Just because a product is legal doesn’t mean it will produce safe results however you use it. Be smart and don’t spray the bed bug repeatedly or more than the instructions on the label. Failure to follow the instructions on a legal product can result in a poisonous environment for your family.

When it comes to treating bed bugs, your best option is to hire a professional who can provide you with treatment that is legal and safe. Professionals produce results to get your bed bug-free life back on track.

Avoiding Summer Pests

Summer is the perfect time for outdoor activities with family and friends; like hiking, camping, playing at the park and swimming etc. Unfortunately, summer also provides an excellent environment for thousands of species of insects to thrive and multiply, which often times can put a damper on the fun summer activities that you have planned. No one wants to be bit or stung by mosquitoes, ants and black legged ticks while out hiking or camping, but the fact is that many pests thrive in the summer. These pests aren’t just annoying – they can transmit dangerous diseases too!