What comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving? If you're like most Americans, giving thanks comes to mind, but probably before you think about being thankful, you think about food! Lots and lots of delicious, scrumptious, steaming, flavorful, delectable food! A plate mounded up with turkey and gravy, and potatoes and gravy, and stuffing and gravy, and gravy and gravy! You get the picture. In fact, sometimes at Thanksgiving, you might even go a little overboard and eat just a bit too much, so much that your pants don't quite fit anymore and you have to loosen your belt (or go change into sweatpants). You may even need to lie on the couch for the rest of the afternoon. In fact, you may eat so much that you make yourself feel ill.
Yes, eating too much Thanksgiving food can make a person feel ill, but there are other things at Thanksgiving that can make you feel ill. Pests might be one of them. This is the time of year when temperatures are dropping and creatures are looking for shelter. Creepy crawlies like the cockroach, and furry animals like rats and mice may seek shelter for the winter inside your home. Seeing one of these household pests at a Thanksgiving meal would be enough to make anyone feel ill, but they could also cause real illness because insects and rodents spread disease. Read on to find out more about cockroaches and rodents that can make you ill.
Roaches are a source of infectious pathogens, serving as a kind of public transportation for an active microbiological world. Cockroaches carry bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites from filthy places like trash cans and dumpsters to humans, inside their homes. Viruses and bacteria find their way into the crevices and cracks between the cockroach's thorax and head and, once there, they begin to multiply. Cockroaches are covered in these multiplying illness-causing agents, which they track all over your counters and floors, or wherever else they roam, potentially causing health issues such as diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, leprosy, plague, typhoid fever, and viral diseases such as poliomyelitis.
Rodents also carry disease. There are four ways rodents can potentially transmit disease to humans.
Inhalation: breathing in air that is contaminated with rodent feces or urine.
Ingestion: eating rodent-contaminated food or drink.
Direct contact: touching items that are contaminated.
Bites and scratches: actually getting injured by a rodent.
Some of the diseases that rodents spread include: salmonellosis, leptospirosis, Weil's disease, rat bite fever, the plague, and Hantavirus.
A Pest-Free Thanksgiving
One way to have a pest-free thanksgiving is to have a pest-free Thanksgiving. In other words, if you want to keep illness and diseases away, try keeping pests away. There are many do-it-yourself things that can be done to get rid of pests in your home, but if you want to be absolutely sure you have no disease-spreading pests at Thanksgiving, you need to call in the professionals. At Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions, we have the experience and equipment to make your Thanksgiving pest free.
It is okay to eat too much and feel a little ill, but don't let insects or rodents carry real illness into your home this holiday season. Give Rottler a call and ask about our Signature Pest Protection. You'll be glad you did.