For the residents in St. Louis, did you know that common Missouri pests such as rodents, flies and cockroaches can threaten your health? Not only are these pests a major nuisance to find in your home or at your place of business but they can actually be the cause of some health problems. Different pests pose different health risks and although not all pests are to blame, there are a few to look out for. Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, a longtime St. Louis pest control and lawn care company, would like to share with you the pests to watch out for in your home, and also at restaurants.
Cockroaches and rodents at home
While many pests many pose a risk to health, two pests that are common in St. Louis homes and that could threaten your family’s health are cockroaches and rodents, such as mice and rats. Cockroaches are known to cause allergies and asthma especially, in children. They also carry pathogens, which are bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms that may cause disease. Cockroaches carry these pathogens both on their bodies and in their feces.
Rodents, specifically mice and rats, are another concern. Mice are known carriers of the virus that causes a potentially fatal respiratory condition called Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. Mice and rats also leave bacteria and other pathogens in their feces and urine. If they are living in your home, there is likely going to be a trail of their waste.
Flies and rodents in restaurants
Aside from the issues that pests can cause in our homes, have you ever thought about the risks of a restaurant with an infestation? Not only do the pests have the same health risks as they do in your home but food poisoning can be another factor. Flies are a major risk in spreading bacteria and other harmful pathogens through their feces. If they land on food or food preparation surfaces they may lay eggs, defecate, and regurgitate the contents they consumed. Not good for your meal’s sake. And just as rodents spread bacteria and diseases in your home they can do the same at restaurants. The problem with restaurants is that there is a large feeding ground for rodents so they are likely to be an even larger problem in the food industry. Rodent control is essential to prevent the spread of disease in restaurants.
In order to prevent yourself, your family, or your customers from contracting any health problems from these pests, you want to take all the preventative measures in keeping your home and business pest free. Keep a clean kitchen, clear any spills or crumbs, take trash out regularly, and always keep your routine pest control services going. Pay special attention to sanitizing surfaces, especially where food is going to be prepared, cooked, or served. If you would like to get more information on Rottler’s residential pest control in St. Louis, or to find out more about our commercial pest control services for the St. Louis area, please contact us today.