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The Diseases Your Pests Carry

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No surprises here: pests can spread disease.

On top of not paying rent, certain pests living around your home can pose a problem just by their presence, making them all the more unwelcome.

So the question is: which of them actually cause health problems?

We decided to put together a list of the 5 top pest-related diseases, and which pests are most likely to carry them.


Zika Virus

This infectious disease is popping up all over the world, and is the talk of mainstream media and press. It’s spread through exposure to Asian tiger mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) with the virus, carried in their mouthparts. Further, they can also carry the West Nile virus, a potentially fatal virus if left untreated. Controlling mosquitoes with a professional pest control service is the top way to slow and halt the spreading of this disease.


Should you live close to a city or other kind of urban landscape, you’ll likely deal with cockroaches in some capacity. The presence of cockroaches exacerbate asthma symptoms for anyone with it, as these guys can leave saliva, feces, and body parts around the home and in air ducts, throwing airborne particulates around and aggravating those that breathe them in.

Lyme Disease

Regrettably, there are a lot of diseases you can get from a tick…and Lyme Disease is easily the worst. Even if Lyme disease is caught in its early stage, it often goes misdiagnosed and therefore not properly addressed. If not caught early, it can lead to long-term health complications and ongoing symptoms. Reducing this threat and other tick-carried diseases can be done through ongoing tick treatments to lawns and ornamentals by a professional pest control service.


There are tons of different types of bees, wasps, and hornets in our great land. It’s good news for the most part; we need pollinators. But for those who are allergic to the venom in be and wasp stings, the result can be deadly. Venom, when introduced into the system of any creature not immune to it, causes other general adverse health problems, including swelling, sensitivity, irritation, and inflammation. It’s not fun.

Control of nests and things that draw stinging pests via a pest control company is by far the best way to reduce this danger.


The infamous stomach illness is characterized by vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, and miserable headaches. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Salmonella is responsible for over one million foodborne illnesses in the United States each year. It gets worse, 19,000 cases result in hospitalization, and around 380 result in death.

Cockroaches and rodents can spread Salmonella in your home. Both of these pests are nearly impossible to exclude (stop from entering) without ongoing pest control services.

Well, we’re convinced. 

Professional pest control is the way to go.

EDGE provides both residential and commercial services including: Pests, Lawn, Mosquitos, Rodents, Fleas & Bed Bugs.

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