Bugs: More Than Mere Pests
We all know that bugs can spread bacteria and viruses, but there is much more to this fact than the mild worries of the common cold spreading. Roaches, flies, and common household pests can play a significant role in spreading antibiotic-resistant bacteria to residential settings.
Common household pests can also trigger allergic reactions. Roaches have been linked to asthma attacks, and about 20 million Americans have a dust mite allergy. Fire ant stings may cause a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis.
Roaches and fleas.
- Roaches. As one of the hardiest and most adaptable household pests, cockroaches can be found on every continent—even Antarctica. An adult roach can fit into a crack as thin as a quarter. Roaches can even live for weeks without their heads!
- Fleas. Through their bites, fleas can transmit a host of disease such as Lyme disease. Studies have shown that fleas can infect people with bacteria that can be transmitted to the fetus during pregnancy.
Bug barriers. To discourage pests, try to limit their access to food and water by keeping kitchen countertops free of crumbs, and checking your house for any leaks. Wash linens weekly in hot water (at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit) and vacuum regularly.
Call in the pros.
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American Home Shield is providing the information for general guidance only. Due to the general nature of the property maintenance and improvement advice in this material, neither American Home Shield Corporation, nor its licensed subsidiaries assumes any responsibility for any loss or damage which may be suffered by the use of this information.
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