The Health Problems Pests Bring To Your Gilbert Home

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Many homeowners underestimate the health risks of pest infestations, or assume they’ll be able to solve pest concerns themselves. In reality, pests pose a serious, everyday risk to every property owner in the United States — whether in health, structural damage, or even fire safety. 

At the point you notice pests in your home, it’s often too late to avoid ongoing safety concerns. The safest solution in resolving pest infestations is always to call professional pest control help. Pro Active Pest Control serves our Gilbert community in keeping their properties not only free of pests, but protected as well. 

Common Pest Dangers Threatening Gilbert, AZ Properties

It’s no secret that some pests pose bigger health risks than others. Rodents, roaches, ants, and ticks often carry dangerous diseases, taking over the safety of your home before you even know they have infiltrated. Because pests are often secretive and small in size, staying educated on the problems these pests may bring is critical. In any pest case, call professional pest control help as soon as you notice the pest itself or signs of its entry.

Rodents such as mice and rats may carry a myriad of dangerous diseases, such as the bubonic plague, hantavirus, salmonellosis, and more. Rodents make their way into your home by means of small spaces, attracted by food and shelter. Those with rodents infesting their home may find the animal’s nest, droppings, or disrupted materials surrounding the food source. Do not consume any food that has potentially been eaten by rodents, as disease may transfer. 

Like rodents, roaches and ants are also attracted to the home by means of improperly stored food or mess. Cockroaches may trigger asthma attacks or allergic reactions when sharing a home with humans, and carry more than thirty types of bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. Ants may also carry E. coli and salmonella, as well as shigella, and species such as red imported fire ants may bite humans when threatened, leaving painful irritation. 

Additionally common and dangerous are ticks. Ticks make their way into the home by means of “hitchhiking” either on human or animal hosts, potentially infecting the host with diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tularemia (among others). These minuscule pests are always on the lookout for a warm-blooded food source such as yourself, making the most dangerous point of introduction as soon as the tick latches on to you or your pet.

Proactive Pest Prevention And Control

There are many methods property owners should keep in mind when seeking to prevent pests. Many of the most intimidating pest issues can be prevented through following the same simple guidelines. 

In preparing against future infestations, Gilbert residents should:

  • Address potential moisture issues that may lead to standing water, such as leaky air conditioners or pipes.
  • Inspect the exterior of their home for potential points of entry, such as cracks, spaces around outdoor utility pipes, and torn screens. Remedy any issues, and seal all gaps with a silicone-based caulk in order to make it more difficult for pests to enter your home in the first place.
  • Properly store all food and trash, as well as clean up any messes or crumbs promptly. Many pests primarily patrol for homes with reliable food sources.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet from the house, and five feet off the ground.
  • Clear excess yard debris, and keep any trees or shrubs trimmed. When clearing or pruning, it’s recommended to wear gloves.
  • Invest in ongoing pest control to prevent infestations before they get out of hand. 

Instead of using guesswork to solve your pest control concerns, call an expert! Pro Active Pest Control serves our Gilbert, AZ community with pest control treatments that are pet- and eco-friendly. Our licensed service technicians show up on time, with a smile — ready to protect your home and loved ones.