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Blogs from December, 2014


Just because a pest is smaller than you doesn’t mean it isn’t a serious threat to your health or the health of your family.  Insects, spiders, and rodents are not only annoying to have scurrying around your house, but many can also spread diseases – which is why you need pest control services in Frisco TX.  A massive infestation isn’t necessary either – just one bug or mouse can carry a harmful bacteria or virus.  Which invaders should you be on the look-out for?

Cockroaches.   According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, allergies to cockroaches are common, especially in urban settings.  The bodies, saliva, and feces of these bugs can trigger severe allergic reactions in those people who are acutely sensitive to them.  Asthma is now the most common, chronic disease of childhood.  Not only are asthma attacks often triggered by contact with cockroach allergens, but they can also cause the development of the disease itself.  In addition, cockroaches can carry E.coli and salmonella on their bodies that can contaminate food and cooking surfaces they come into contact with.

Rodents.   Rats and mice can squeeze into our homes through almost any size opening.  Their droppings are probably the first sign you see that you have a rodent problem and it will probably be the thing that makes you reach for the phone to call for pest control services in Frisco TX.  Rodent droppings can trigger allergic reactions in people with sensitivities and they can also contain the potentially-deadly hantavirus.  Like cockroaches, they’re also carriers of disease-causing bacteria that can cause plague, salmonellosis, leptospirosis, rat bite-fever and tularemia.

Mosquitoes.   While you may not experience a mosquito infestation or problem inside your home, you’ll likely encounter them – a lot of them – outside, usually in the warmer months of the year.  The major health threat from mosquitoes in the United States is the West Nile Virus.  Although West Nile Virus isn’t as deadly as some other insect-borne illnesses, it can still lead to hospitalization in the very young or old or immunosuppressed.  Two forms of encephalitis are also associated with mosquitoes.

Ticks.   Once again, ticks are not a pest you’ll likely encounter inside your home but if you have a yard with tall grass or you like to hike in the woods, you might very well find yourself the host for one or more ticks.  The disease most associated with ticks is Lyme Disease, which has emerged in recent years, as a major health threat.  Although Lyme Disease isn’t considered a routinely-deadly disease, it’s consequences can be long-lasting – symptoms like fatigue, joint swelling, and heart problems can come and go for many months even with treatment.  Other diseases transmitted by ticks include anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

It’s always important, for the safety and health of your family, to be proactive when it comes to insect or rodent problems in your home.   When you need pest control services in Frisco TX, call Bug Commander Pest Control at (214) 307-1933.  And visit us online for more information.