As everyone knows, there are a number of household bugs in this world that you must concern yourself with. Some are relatively harmless, such as the common housefly. Yes, they are an annoyance and no one likes the idea of finding maggots in their trash. But for all intents and purposes, many pests aren’t any worse than a relative who comes to visit for a week.
Other pests, however, can be quite dangerous. While most household pests that you find here in the United States are nothing compared to other parts of the world — Botfly, anyone? — they can still be dangerous. Let’s take a look at a few common pests that you might want to be a little wary of:
Mosquitos are typically referred to as the most dangerous insect in the world. They carry disease and, in some parts of the planet, spread malaria like it’s going out of style. Luckily, they aren’t nearly as bad here. But that doesn’t mean they’re harmless, either. Although most mosquito bites will do nothing more than irritate your skin and cause an itching sensation, there’s no way to know what a mosquito could be carrying, so it’s best to protect yourself whenever possible.
Here’s an interesting critter. This little guy gets on the list not because it is dangerous to humans, but because of the danger they pose to your home. Termites don’t attack people. They don’t spread disease. They have no venom. What they do have, however, is a tendency to literally eat your house.
The good news is that termites don’t eat very fast. It typically takes years for termites to cause any real damage. The bad news is that a colony of these pests can often number above 100,000 and much higher, giving you no choice but to call on the assistance of a professional.
This could go for rats, too, but let’s stick to the problem of mice for the time being. These rodents can get into your house with relative ease due to their size. Once inside, they will chew their way through anything they can find. Contamination of food is quite common when dealing with mice, but in some instances, these small rodents will chew through electrical wiring in your home, which can lead to a fire hazard.
And, of course, you must concern yourself with disease. Mice are dirty household pests and sometimes spread life-threatening diseases such as the Hanta virus. This particular virus, which is only one of several that mice can commonly transmit, is a dangerous element because it can be spread by a rodent’s feces. Which means that even cleaning up after a mouse must be done with caution.
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