Even though the Coronavirus pandemic spreads around the World, many people are still going outside and enjoying their lives in nature. Of course, a breath of fresh air instead of dusty and smoky cities is a great choice. However, you have to be careful.
According to the Entomological Society of America, insects are not carriers of the COVID-19, but they can bring other dangerous infections like encephalitis or malaria. So, arm yourself with pest traps, ant baits, flea control measures, and let me give you a quick guide on dangerous bugs you have to avoid.
Which Insects Are Potential Dangers?
I bet you didn’t know, but these insects can carry more than 60 types of pathogens, as well as particles of feces that are left on food and human skin. Their presence in your apartment can lead to dysentery, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, and even cholera infections. A fly can also be the reason for such an unpleasant disease as trachoma. It is quite widespread. Trachoma leads to blindness, leaving scars on the cornea of the eye.
In accordance with CDC and NIOSH, diseases that are dangerous to people and spread by mosquitoes include the Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue, and malaria.
However, you may not become sick after a bite from an infected mosquito. Consider that some people can have a mild, short-term illness or (rarely) severe or long-term illness. Only critical cases of mosquito-borne diseases cause death, which happens quite rarely.
Not less dangerous are tick bugs. They can be infected with bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Some of the most common tick-borne diseases in the USA include Lyme disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, anaplasmosis, Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness, Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever, and tularemia. Tick-borne pathogens can be transmitted to humans by the bite.
Garbage-eating cockroaches spread many diseases in a contact way. Experts believe that asthma increases among children due to these pesky vermins. If you ever found any sign of cockroaches presence in your flat or apartment, please, call the extermination team or get some traps in the nearby store.
Fleas mostly carry bacillus pestis (the causative agent of the plague). These pests don’t affect only animals; they can be found in any house. The jumping parasites can also transmit flea-borne typhus, tularaemia (caused by the bacillus Francisella tularensi), and the parasitic tapeworms. If you have children and pets, make sure your beloved furry friend is safe from these pests, since kids can be infected while playing with a flea-carrying pet easily.
The Bottom Line
I hope this article will help you to be aware and keep yourself safe. Anyway, my recommendation to you is not to panic, maintain your house clean, and get ready for summer vacations.
If you do have any information about eco ways to stay safe from disease carriers – feel free to share it in the comments section.
Nicholas Martin is a professional entomologist and pest exterminator who has dedicated more than 25 years to studying and dealing with both urban and agricultural pests. He is the lead writer of Pestcontrolhacks.com.