Why Is Pest Control Important for Health?

There are different types of animals that are highly harmful for the health, including some that belong to the insects, rodents and birds group. If the proliferation of these animals is not controlled, it can be a public health risk, causing skin infections, allergies, respiratory infections and other more dangerous diseases. The failure of sanitation policies, lack of public awareness and lack of environmental control can lead to the proliferation of bugs that are concentrated in large cities as well and can be very harmful to the population.



According to the World Health Organization, urban pests are considered “the species involved in the transfer of human infection and habitat damage and deterioration”. One of the most important reasons why pest control is need is because of health problems that might cause. These pests can carry diseases that can be very harmful and that should worry you if there is a pest in your home or office. They are considered a pest when they exceed normal amounts and remain for a long period of time.

Among the pests that affect health, the most common are insects such as cockroaches, mosquitoes, bedbugs, ticks, worms, spiders; also rodents such as rats and mice; and among birds we have pigeons. Some of these bugs are dangerous due to direct contact through stings and bites, but others are sources of infection through their urine or feces such as the rodents and pigeons.


Some of the most common diseases associated with urban pests include respiratory infections, such as asthma, bronchitis and others. These are related to the presence of mites, cockroach and rodent feces. Other diseases caused by insects include skin allergies such as salmonellosis or Lyme disease.

In the case of cockroaches, they can be responsible for carrying infectious hepatitis or polio, they are also associated with these bugs, swelling of the eyelids, nose and tearing of the eyes, in addition to causing allergies, dermatitis and asthma. This contamination occurs through the inhalation of the secretions they produce.

In the case of pigeons, as well as the damage they may cause to buildings, monuments, streets or squares, they also cause at least 40 diseases, which causes a serious public health problem. According to studies, pigeon droppings cause respiratory infections, hepatitis, toxoplasmosis, histoplasmosis, pseudotuberculosis, salmonellosis, among others.

For rodents, just like pigeons, this is not only a public health problem, but also a serious economic problem, as they are responsible for damaging the building structures when they build burrows and destroy electrical installations. Rats and mice carry parasites such as fleas and other microorganisms that in turn transmit other diseases.

The importance of Pest Control Services, like rats, lies in the fact that they are responsible for one of the most fatal diseases that struck humanity, such as the Black Death in the Middle Ages, and the most recent bubonic plague, which can also cause diseases such as toxoplasmosis, hantavirus, tennis, typhus, fever, dysentery, and many more that can be very dangerous to humans.


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