How Pest Droppings Are Dangerous To Human Health

It is a well-known and obvious fact that pests are nuisances and cause much more problems than they are worth. Pest infestation can cause major material damage like structure of the building, wooden surfaces, plastic, furniture, clothes and fabrics, and any other damageable material present in the house.

But other than material damage, pests are capable of causing a number of different health problems and hazards for the residents of the building they have infested. But unfortunately, the health hazards of pests and their droppings are not covered very often. Pests carry with them numerous germs and bacterias that can cause a number of different diseases and infections to the humans and animals around them.

Some of the most common pests that can infest a house include rodents like rats, mice, bats; insects like mosquitoes, fleas, bed bugs, flood beetles, moths, mosquitoes and other creatures like termites, worms, small birds etc. The feces of these pests can cause severe allergic reactions, asthma, respiratory problems etc.

Some of the major health problems that pest droppings cause are as follows –

  • It causes Hantavirus – Hantavirus is a dangerous disease that can prove to be highly fatal to the patient. This disease is mainly transmitted to humans through rodents, especially the white-footed deer mouse. The feces and urine of infected rodents are capable of transmitting this disease. Higher infestation of rodents increases the chance of spreading Hantavirus. It is best to contact professional pest control and keep the house clean of droppings as soon as possible.
  • It causes Leptospirosis – Leptospirosis is another disease caused due to rodent urine and feces. This disease is caused due to exposure to a bacterium of the Leptospira genus. This bacteria is mainly found in the urine of multiple animals and rodents, this includes rats. It is quite a dangerous disease and all people would require a pest free environment to prevent this disease.
  • It causes Salmonellosis – Salmonellosis is also transmitted through the feces of rodents. It is a type of food poisoning that can take a turn for the worse very quickly. This disease is caused by a bacteria called Salmonella that can be found in the droppings of rodents. The effects of this disease can be fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain etc.
  • Food and water contamination –  Pest droppings can also cause food and water contamination if near the food pantry and water sources. This contamination of edibles can lead to food poisoning, fevers, diarrhea, dysentery, infections, abdominal pains etc. Allergic reactions are also a probable consequence of food and water contamination.
  • Dangerous for some specific groups – The infections and diseases that can be transmitted through pest droppings can be specifically dangerous for some selected groups of people. These groups can include pregnant women, elderly, children and individuals with weak immune systems.

Pest droppings are highly health hazardous. It is vital that the residents carefully and properly clean their house in case of pest infestation and attempt to contact professional pest control services to get rid of pets as soon as possible.