For years bedbugs have been considered just as “nuisance” pests. But recently, this perspective has changed. New researchers regard bedbugs as a health care concern capable of transmitting serious infections. So, here are 4 dangerous diseases potentially resulting from pests that everyone should know.

1. Pests and Diseases: MRSA or Staph Infection

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MRSA also called Methicillin-Resistant Staph Infection is one of the most serious health concerns with bedbug bites. It is an infection that resists numerous antibiotics including oxacillin, penicillin, methicillin, and amoxicillin. Thus, that makes it an extremely tough disease to address and potentially deadly. And bedbugs can carry MRSA.

2. Chagas Disease

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Firstly, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) portrays Chagas disease as a “potentially life-threatening illness caused by the protozoan parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi.  Moreover, a recent study carried out at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics showed that bedbugs might have the capacity to transmit that parasite. Additionally, the chance of contracting the disease from bedbug feces has lately been confirmed in a peer-reviewed journal article. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, published online November 17, 2014, which focused on bedbugs as vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiologic agent of Chagas disease.  R. Salazar, et al., “Bed Bugs (Cimex lectularius). Above all, the authors of this study concluded that “bed bugs have a high potential for feces-mediated transmission.” Id. at p. 5.

3. Lyme Disease

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Lyme disease is a bacterial infection commonly transmitted via the bite of an infected tick. Ticks are tiny parasites that feed on blood. Because their bite is painless, many people do not realize the risks. It is one of the fastest-growing infectious diseases.

4. Allergies & Asthma

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Finally, clinical researchers have proven that pests, such as cockroaches, mice, and rats can trigger asthma attacks, allergies, and other respiratory problems.

That’s why you should treat pest problems seriously. When you notice a pest infection in your premises, do not try to get rid of them on your own. Always seek help from professional pest control companies.

Written by Famio Services Team