Pest infestations are the worst. Aside from property damage, some creepy crawlies can cause physical harm or transmit diseases. Read the list below to learn more about the pests we consider the worst of the worst – the ones we love to hate!
The thought of bed bugs feeding on humans while they are sound asleep at night is enough to make anyone quiver with fear. Over the last decade, bed bug populations have continued to rise, and today, one out of five Americans has experienced a bed bug infestation or knows someone who has encountered these despised pests. Unfortunately, bed bugs are extremely elusive creatures, and they can hide just about anywhere. This makes treating an infestation with do-it-yourself measures nearly impossible. Vigilance is key to avoiding a bed bug problem.
From their creepy appearance to the odd survival tactics they exhibit, cockroaches are certainly abhorred by homeowners. Not only do these pests possess an ick-factor, but they can also pose health risks to humans if they find a way inside our abodes. Many types of cockroaches have been reported to spread bacteria and pathogens by picking up germs on the spines of their legs and transferring them onto food preparation surfaces. Additionally, cockroaches can cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma attacks, especially in children. The most effective form of cockroach control is to eliminate moisture build up around the home.
House flies are undoubtedly one of the most annoying pests. During the warmer months, they often find ways into the home through open windows and doors, and buzz around unwelcomed. If that’s not bad enough, house flies are also known to contaminate food products and surfaces by spreading more than 100 different kinds of disease-causing organisms picked up on the silla on their bodies. To prevent flies from becoming a nuisance, homeowners should keep the house as clean as possible and remove trash regularly.
Lead lice suck blood from the scalp of humans, but they are not really considered a health threat. Still, lice are often a source of unease among families. Lice spread from one person to another through contact with bedding, clothing or by sharing combs. Lice outbreaks are common in schools because children frequently come into close contact with each other. There are special combs, shampoos and conditioners designed specifically to treat lice.
Nothing can ruin a fun summer day by the pool like mosquitoes. Unfortunately, these blood-sucking pests can leave more than red, itchy welts. Mosquito bites may also lead to more serious and potentially fatal diseases, including West Nile virus, Chikungunya, malaria and Dengue fever. The key to mosquito prevention is wearing bug spray. If you are spending time outdoors, make sure to apply an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon-eucalyptus or IR3535. It is also wise to wear long sleeves, long pants and closed toe shoes to protect your skin from mosquitoes and other stinging or biting insects.