Pests and Healthcare Challenges

Having a pest infestation can be unnerving for any family. The feeling that your home is being invaded by unwanted pests feels creepy.  Most homeowners want to eradicate the issue as soon as possible, but did you know letting the problem continue could lead to serious health risks to you and your family.

Saliva, droppings, and decomposing bodies of cockroaches contain an allergen that can trigger an adverse reaction.  Your HVAC can be circulating these particles in the air of your home triggering increased irritation and asthma attacks. A home infested with termites may see the same allergic reactions and asthma attacks due to the toxicity of their bodily fluids.

  • To help prevent cockroaches from invading your home, wash dirty dishes promptly after use.  Remove stacks of paper, cardboard, or other debris that roaches use to create a home.  Eliminate water sources as much as possible.
  • To help prevent termites, keep wood, debris and plant matter away from the foundation of your home.  Don’t leave standing water outside and ensure a professional inspects your home annually. Regular termite inspections are easy, affordable and cost much less than the potential health risks and home damage of a termite infestation.

Certain types of ants are more harmful than others.  The typical carpenter may not harm you directly but could transport harmful germs as they traverse your home.  Fire ants on, on the other hand, have a toxic bite that makes the blood vessels swell.  Their bites are painful, and if attacked in large numbers, they could lead to low blood pressure or potentially serious harm.

  • To help prevent ants in your home, seal cracks in doors, windows, and walls where ants could potentially enter. Clean up food messes quickly so they don’t attract ants.
  • For fire ants, treatment is recommended.  Contact May Exterminating for help removing these ants from your home and property.  

A happy home doesn't include unwanted insects and pests. If your family is plagued by allergies and you suspect insects may be contributing to the issue, our technicians can provide pest inspections and pest control treatments for your peace of mind.