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Zoonosis: Why Pest Control is Essential for Disease Prevention

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What is zoonosis?

Household pests can be a huge annoyance, but did you know they can pose a risk to your health? Many pests, such as rats and mosquitoes, are known carriers of zoonotic diseases. Zoonosis is the term for diseases transmitted between animals and humans. Let’s review some of the most common zoonotic diseases and why pest control is critical for disease prevention.

Many common household pests can act as vectors for zoonotic diseases, meaning they can spread the disease from one animal to another. The most common household pests responsible for zoonosis include rats, mice, cockroaches, mosquitoes, and pigeons. Because of this, we must keep our homes and businesses pest-free to minimize the risk of exposure to harmful diseases.

What pests carry zoonotic diseases?

While many pests can carry zoonotic diseases, the three most common are rodents, bats, and mosquitos. Rats and bats can spread diseases through their urine and droppings. Similarly, mosquitos can spread diseases when they bite an infected animal or person. Some of the most dangerous zoonotic diseases include the Zika virus, Lyme disease, Influenza, and rabies. We’ve heard of all of these infectious diseases, but the knowledge of how they spread remains obscure. What makes matters worse is contact tracing of infection to decipher the source of zoonotic diseases is not an exact science. For this reason, it is essential to have a professional pest control service like Pest Pros treat your home and business to prevent any intrusion of pestilence. In the least, pest control will reduce the risk of spreading these harmful diseases.

How do zoonotic diseases spread?

Zoonotic diseases are those that can be transmitted between animals and humans. They can be spread in many ways, such as through direct or indirect contact with an infected animal. Some zoonotic diseases can also be spread through the air, water, or food. Similarly, vector-borne diseases are passed through contact with the blood or saliva of the animal. Many of these diseases can cause severe illness or even death. Overall, over 2 million people worldwide die annually due to diseases contracted by animals. 

Who is most at risk for zoonotic diseases?

Zoonotic diseases are a public health concern. While anyone can get a zoonotic disease, some people are more at risk than others. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable. From the perspective of pest control, we believe prevention is the best medicine. For this reason, it is essential to maintain a regular pest control program—to protect both you and your customers.

How pest control prevents zoonotic diseases?

Pest control services work to remove the threat of disease-spreading pests like rats, mice, cockroaches, and fleas. They also help to prevent the spread of ticks and mosquitoes. Zoonotic diseases are a health risk to homeowners with pets and children. Businesses that serve customers should be concerned about bug infestations. Pest Pros offers affordable pest control services that exterminate and prevent pest infestations. We use the latest technology and equipment to protect your family and customers from dangerous pests and the diseases they carry. Contact us today for a free consultation. 

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