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Many insects are beneficial to our ecosystem for pollination and by consumption of other insects that destroy crops and landscapes. Pest management professionals are concerned with organisms that compete with humankind for water, food, shelter, and threaten health.
Have you ever seen an unwanted pest, such as a cockroach, fly or mosquito crawling along your floor or countertops, or landing on your food, and wonder where this creature was before visiting you?! Please continue reading!
Ants are responsible for the contamination and destruction of food. Some species inflict painful bites causing severe allergic reaction or death in susceptible individuals
Cockroaches can cause asthma (especially in children and the elderly) and the transmission of diseases such as salmonella, typhoid fever, and food poisoning.
The Oriental Rat Flea can cause plague. The Cat Flea can transmit Murine Typhus (symptoms include fever, chills, headache and rash). Fleas also threaten pets. Cats can contract hemoplasmosis and cat scratch disease. Dogs can contract mycoplasma. Cats and dogs can get tapeworms from fleas and humans can also be infected.
Flies reproduce and feed in filthy environments. They can transmit dysentery, salmonella, cholera, and other germs. Some species inflict painful bites.
Mosquitoes are vectors (carriers) of diseases: West Nile Virus (muscle pain, headache, fever, rash, and nervous system disorders); Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain and nervous system); Yellow Fever; Dengue Fever; and Malaria. They can transfer heartworms to dogs and cats; humans can also be infected.
Rats, mice and other rodents may transmit diseases by biting and contaminating our food and environment. Transmission of disease may be passed to humans through contact with an infected rodentís saliva, droppings, and urine. The Deer Mouse can transmit the Hantavirus (a rare, but often deadly, lung infection). The common House Mouse can transmit salmonella and leptospirosis (flu-like symptoms with jaundice; severe cases may cause damage to the kidneys, heart or liver). The Norway Rat and Roof Rat can transmit leptospirosis.
Spider bites can be poisonous. Brown Recluse venom causes ulcers that can destroy tissue resulting in a lengthy healing time. Black Widow bites can cause pain, cramps, paralysis, and death. The Aggressive House Spiderís bite can cause pain, and inflammation that can progress to tissue death.
Various species transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease, relapsing fever, and tick fever.
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