Ways Pests and Rodents Can Harm Your Family’s Health

Pests and rodents are not mere nuisances. They can pose serious risks to your health and your family’s wellbeing. For example, mosquito’s can carry West Nile Virus, ticks can spread Lyme disease, and cockroaches can scatter E. coli and salmonella.

As such, pest control is indispensable for guarding your most prized asset: your family.

Here are some more details about some health risks related to common domestic pests.


Various pests like dust mites and roaches can trigger asthma or increase asthma symptoms in children. These creatures leave allergens in their faeces, saliva and body parts. Studies show that 1 in 5 children have sensitivity to these allergens. Exposure exacerbates asthma symptoms, worsening breathing problems. See: Asthma Fact Sheet.

Rat-Bite Fever (RBF)

Rat-Bite fever is a potentially deadly infectious illness prompted by germs transferred chiefly by rats or rodents. Exposure to humans is commonly through tainted foods or water. Although symptoms can vary, signs often include fever, rashes, headaches, vomiting, joint ache and muscle pain or discomfort. Those who live in rat-infested buildings or houses, have pet rats or work with rats in a business setting are at greater risk.

Lyme disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transferred by ticks through their bites. Raccoons, opossums, skunks, white-footed field mice, squirrels and chipmunks are just a few of the animals that often carry these diseased ticks. Symptoms can range from lethargy and flu-like signs, such as stiff neck, rash, chills and fever, to enduring convulsions, nerve problems and arthritis issues.

West Nile Virus

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne viral illness. Infected mosquitos usually infect humans through bites, causing flu-like symptoms, brain inflammation and even death. According to the ADC, nearly 1 in 5 people infected develop a fever. Most at risk for the infection are those with weakened immune systems, people more than 50 years old and children.

Advanced Pest Control in London

Health issues and diseases associated with pests and rodents are pervasive. To protect your family, enlist a professional exterminator for the job. Only an expert will have the knowledge and tools necessary to treat your problem. A seemingly innocuous pest issue can escalate to a full-scale infestation quickly thanks to rapid reproduction rates.

If you are based in London, we recommend calling Pest Exterminators for the city’s leading pest control team. Their years of experience and knowledge mean they know how to deal with your issue in a professional way. Call 020 3633 2693 today.