Bugs Can Carry Diseases into Your Home | Dr. Killigan’s
What Diseases Do Bugs Carry?
We often see bugs as a mere nuisance, shooing them away and continuing with our day. They land on our tables, counters, and our food. Five-second rule, right? But that brief landing could cause more damage than we consider. It is true that the odds are in our favor and that the chances of us picking up something sinister next to nil, but they are out there, and we need to be cautious of what diseases bugs carry.
Bugs Will Be Bugs
It is not an insect’s fault if we contract an illness. They are just doing what they do. They are looking for food just as you or I go to our kitchen in search of a sandwich. Their diet is just different. However, what they choose to feed on can have a negative impact on what we feed on. Roaches and flies, for instance, feed on decaying matter, even feces. If you have a pet or livestock around the house that makes things more difficult for you. They land on this unsanitary matter, and then they take that into your home. Biting insects, on the other hand, carry their contamination with them from whatever they have bitten before biting you.
What Diseases Do They Carry?
So, we know how they bring their disease and sickness in your home, but what type of illness are we talking about?
Roaches and Flies
Both roaches and flies are omnivorous. They will eat pretty much anything. Although they prefer decaying matter, including feces. So, they will eat lunch at one of those locations, then stroll across your counters, cutting boards, or land directly on your food. Then place you at risk of one of these conditions. While the chances are small, they do exist, so caution must be taken whenever you are preparing a meal.
- E Coli – Did you know that most E. coli are harmless? It is the healthy bacteria that are found in the intestines of humans and animals and part of the digestion process. However, some strains are pathogenic. The one we’re most familiar with causes diarrhea and is spread through contaminated water and food.While there are many ways that the dangerous E. coli spreads, one method is through roaches and flies coming into contact with the infection, then making their way across your cooking surfaces and food. When we consume those items our chances of becoming ill increase.
- Salmonella – Like E. coli, Salmonella lives in the intestines. It causes fever, stomach cramps, and diarrhea in those who come in contact with the bacteria. Flies and roaches can be culprits in spreading salmonella through their feeding habits. They pass it on to you when caution is not taken in keeping food preparation surfaces clean and being wary of the presence of insects in the area.
These critters are the spoilers of many pleasant evenings on porches across America. Their bites may not be painful, but they sure are irritating. However, there are many worries some mosquitoes carry with them. The danger of diseases these bugs carry.
- West Nile Virus – Most who contract West Nile Virus will show no symptoms, those who do can develop a fever with body and joint pain, headaches, fatigue, and weakness. In more severe cases, diarrhea and vomiting are present. In rare cases, WNV can be fatal. Mosquitoes acquire the virus from infected birds, then pass it on when they bite one of us.
- Zika – While over the past few years Zika virus has been on a rapid decline, in fact, the past two years, the number has been near zero mosquito-contracted cases, it is still worth a mention. This disease is similar to WNV in the symptoms as well as the statistics of numbers contracting it.
Fleas and Ticks
Pet owners have a higher risk of insect borne disease because they have two new pests to deal with. The numbers increase, especially when a pet is social through walking through neighborhoods or being taken to dog parks. Fleas tend to stick with the animal they are born on, but that does not mean they will not transfer to another. Ticks, on the other hand, are frequent travelers.
- Lyme Disease – First of all, to get Lyme Disease, three things have to happen. You need to live in the Northcentral/eastern US, be bitten by the black-legged tick, and to be bitten for at least 24 hours. Symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, fatigue, rash, headaches, and body aches. If you live in the area known to the black-legged tick, they advise regularly checking for ticks whether you have pets or not. Especially if you are engaged in outdoor sports or activities that take you near grass or wooded areas.
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever – Unlike Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is not limited to a specific area, nor is it limited to just one species of tick. In fact, there are three ticks in three different areas of the US. For brevity’s sake, we will forego the names of each since they are all equal in the damage they can do. RMSF symptoms include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and stomach, and muscle pain. A rash is also common; however, it is a symptom that develops days after the initial fever onset.
- Plague – While not prevalent, it has been more common as of late than the Zika virus, so we include it in this list. Between 2015 and 2018, according to the CDC, there were 26 cases of Human Bubonic Plague. All cases have been in the western half of the US. While it is not specific on how these were contracted, one of the most common methods is through the bite of an infected flea. Symptoms include fever, headache, chills, and weakness. Including one or more painful, swollen lymph nodes.
Bees and Wasps
Bees and wasps don’t necessarily spread disease as much as their venom can cause severe issues to those who are allergic to it.
- Anaphylaxis – This is a rare condition, but it does occur. Anaphylaxis is when a person has a sensitivity to the venom of a bee or wasp. This could also occur if a person is not as sensitive, but gets stung multiple times, as with a more aggressive species of bee or wasp. Difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat and tongue, nausea and vomiting, and dizziness are all symptoms.
Just like wasps and bees, spiders do not spread disease as they inject venom into those they bite. But unlike bees and wasps, the victim does not need to have an allergy to react to a bite.
- Health Complications – Whether it is a Brown Recluse in the Southeastern US, a Black Widow Spider in the Southwest, or Hobo Spider in the Pacific Northwest, all will pack a serious punch. Most will be painful and can cause swelling and itching around the bite area. More severe bites will include muscle cramping, sweating, shortness of breath, and nausea and vomiting. They take longer to heal because the venom attacks skin tissue around the bite area.
How Do I Get Rid of Bugs?
No matter where you live, there will be bugs. They fly, crawl, and jump their way around and into your home. Keeping your home clean is one best practice to keep bugs and the diseases bugs carry away. For flies and roaches, empty the trash regularly and wash out the can when it gets dirty. Clean up spills and don’t let dishes pile up.
For mosquitoes, clear up standing water from around your home. Keep your lawn mowed, and clear out brush from around your property. The same can be said for ticks and fleas. Ticks love to hide in the tall grass just waiting for someone or a pet to walk by. Fleas, while not brush dwellers, will hop from pet to pet and can enter your home just as easy.
Be on the lookout for bee and wasp nests, as well as spider webs. These will be under eaves, awnings, and in sheds.
When any of these are seen, Dr. Killigan’s Six Feet Under ™ can be used to help you dispose of your pest issue. Six Feet Under is an on-contact bug spray. It is all-natural and 100% safe to use on pets, in food areas, and around children.
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