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Pests & Disease

Diseases Spread By Pests

Pests are known to be carriers or vectors of pathogenic (disease-causing) microorganisms. Diseases are caused by and spread by parasitic worms, mites, bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa (single-celled animals) & metazoa (multi-celled animals – includes humans).

10 Diseases Spread By Pests

Covid-19
Salmonella
Typhoid
Malaria
Plague
E-Coli
Campylobacter
Helicobacter
Listeria
Shigella

House flies are known to carry over 100 different kinds of organisms capable of causing disease. With this in mind, it’s easy to see how many other animal species combine to become a severe health risk.

How To Prevent Disease From Pests

Pests must come into contact with what we touch, consume or in contact with us directly to cause infection.

Cleanliness and good housekeeping go hand in hand with effective pest control and exclusion. Covering ourselves up avoids bites. Disinfecting our kitchens and adequately preparing, cooking and consuming food prevents food poisoning.

Pest Control

Pest control is both reactive and proactive. If we remain vigilant, pay attention to good hygiene practices, and keep pests under control, we can prevent these diseases.

How Easy Is It For Diseases To Infect Humans

For a human to become infected, they need to receive an infective dose. This means you require enough of the disease-causing pathogens to overwhelm or bypass your bodies defences.

Highly infectious diseases caused by viruses and bacteria require a single virus, or bacteria to successfully enter the body.

Less infectious diseases may require thousands of microorganisms to enter the body, making it much harder for them to cause disease. People may also have immunity to a disease, and others won’t be affected but will be carriers of the disease and able to infect others.

People in high-risk groups should be well protected. These include the very young, elderly, pregnant women, and people convalescing or with immune deficiency due to medication or other conditions.

Pests & Disease Risk

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Pests & Disease In Your Home What Pests, Carry & Spread Disease? Pests associated with the transmission of diseases to humans include rodents, insects, and birds. Some pests are more critical than others with respect to disease. For this reason, we shall quickly separate pests into three groups: Pests of medical importance (vectors of disease & injurious to […]

Salmonella & Pests

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Salmonella and Pest Control What Is Salmonella? Salmonella is a species of bacteria of which there are over 3000 known strains. It gets its name from the American vet, Daniel Elmer Salmon (1850-1914). Is Salmonella Dangerous? Not all strains or varieties of the bacteria are considered dangerous to humans. Unfortunately, some are so significant that […]