According to the Center of Disease Control, over 48 million Americans are infected with a foodborne illness on a yearly basis. Plus, more than 125,000 people need to be hospitalized because of their condition. Sadly, around 3,000 of them die. Moreover, seventy percent of foodborne illnesses and more than half of the deaths caused by them are triggered by produce and meat/poultry food groups. In other words, two of the most popular foods prepared in households and restaurants alike.
Shortly put, foodborne illnesses are caused by the consumption of foods that have been contaminated with viruses, toxins, pathogenic bacteria, and parasites. The main driving factors that lead to the spread of the bacteria inside our dwellings and restaurants is strongly tied to pests. We are talking about anything from flies, rats, cockroaches, and the list goes on. Here are a few details concerning the way pests spread diseases, as well as the solutions we can use to fight against them. After all, we should all strive to keep our guts healthy and happy.
Nasty Pests That Spread Disease
You need to know your enemy if you want to put up a fair fight against them. So let’s see which are the most common pests known to harbor gut diseases we are all trying to stay away from.
According to the National Pest Management Association, the main types of pests that spread foodborne illnesses in homes and restaurants are, as follows:
Cockroaches, as they are able to spread no less than 33 different types of bacteria, including the dreadful Salmonellosis, dysentery, gastroenteritis, or typhoid fever, as well as asthma attacks and allergies, when it comes to breathing air that has been contaminated with cockroach feces. All it takes is for a cockroach to simply touch food and kitchen countertops to contaminate them.
Rodents carry the largest number of foodborne illness bacteria because of the large amounts of droppings they produce. These contain different types of parasites, as well as pathogens that can trigger plague, Tularemia, Salmonellosis, Leptospirosis, and many more.
Flies carry over 100 pathogens and they easily spread diseases as they feed freely on human food and filthy matter. Our homes and restaurants alike are filled with constant waste, the main feeding ground for flies. These pests can pick up any disease and carry it to your food in just a few seconds.
Moths and beetles, along with mites an other similar pests – the so-called “stored product pests” are capable of infesting whole grains, as well as processed foods. Lyme diseases is one of the main threats to worry about in connection to these pests.
Prevent Pests From Getting Inside
Doors and windows that have been left open are the main sources for pests entering our homes. Small cracks in walls and windows that have not been properly sealed can also be equally inviting. Keep all entryways closed and use small-holed screens for additional protection. Reduce the number of tree branches and bushes hanging over your home.
Decontaminate Your Home
If your home has already been invaded by these disease-carrying creatures, your best bet is to call a team of nearby exterminators. Have them eradicate all crawling and flying pests with specialized tools and substances you do not possess.
Call the Prosco service at +1 (888) 204-8406 and schedule and let them help you schedule an appointment with the best pest exterminators in your area. Maintain a proper sanitizing and cleaning schedule to prevent future infestation.