What comes to mind when you think of essential services? With the emergence of the Covid-19 outbreak in the United States, we are seeing cities and states across the country enact policies to close down or limit the activity of services that are considered to be non-essential. Places like hospitals and other healthcare facilities are clearly essential, along with the banks, stores, and manufacturing centers that provide us with the supplies we depend on. Do you think of pest control as an essential service? Do you know what role pest control experts have in maintaining public health? You may be surprised to find out that the United States Department of Health considers pest control an essential service, and this article will help you understand why that’s the case.
Why Pest Control Matters
Pest control is about much more than keeping your home or business free from unsightly bugs and insects, it’s about protecting you and those you love from the harm those pests can cause. Pest control services like those provided by 855Bugs help ensure public health by preventing the transmission of various diseases that are spread by these pests, and by protecting our food sources from being compromised and contaminated. Protecting healthcare facilities like hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities is something that 855Bugs takes pride in and you can count on us to continue to do just that. The importance of this kind of protection becomes vital when the resources of our medical professionals are tested, and we’re here to help by doing what we do best.
Many people know that cockroaches can spread bacteria that can affect human health, but did you know that they can carry over 30 different kinds of harmful bacteria? Roaches are carriers of both E. Coli and Salmonella, and they also serve as carriers of parasitic worms. Although it’s something nobody likes to think about, as the dust from their bodies, urine, feces, and saliva becomes airborne their very existence and proximity to humans impacts our immune system and causes various allergies and asthma. These pests can invade our homes, our business, and the places where we store the food products we depend on to keep people fed.
Pest control professionals like the technicians 855Bugs also work to prevent rodents from invading our homes, businesses, and manufacturing centers. Rodents are notorious vectors of disease and can directly transmit a long list of diseases such as Hantavirus, Leptospirosis that can lead to Meningitis, Tularemia, and as many people know rodents and the fleas that infested them were considered to be the leading cause of spread of the Bubonic Plague. These animals are notorious for contaminating food and grain stores and can spread these diseases while compromising an estimated 20% of the world’s food supply each year.
Here in Texas, we are all too familiar with mosquitos, and with spring fast approaching mosquitos will soon be returning in high numbers. Mosquitos transmit a large number of diseases through their saliva. The diseases they spread to humans in the United States include West Nile Virus and Zika virus, as well as Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are an ever-present threat in Texas, and Ticks are most active in Texas between April and September. Ticks spread a multitude of diseases in the United States, from the better-known Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever to diseases like the blood infection Babesiosis, flu-like Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis, as well Tularemia. Fleas are most active in Texas in the fall, and they transmit diseases like Murine typhus, Tungiasis, as well as Tularemia.
Bed Bugs and Kissing Bugs
Ask anyone that has had to deal with bed bugs, and you’ll know that they can quickly become a nightmare. These pests spread quickly, and are notoriously difficult to get rid of. The experts at 855Bugs have highly effective treatments to prevent bed bugs, and they have an arsenal of techniques and methods to exterminate them when they’ve already become a problem. As problematic as they are, for many years people thought they were unable to spread or transmit disease. In 2014 a study by researchers at Penn State in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics demonstrated that bed bugs could transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite behind the infamous Chagas disease that’s known to be carried by “kissing” bugs. This adds another dimension to the danger and potential problems bed bugs can cause. When you let pest control professionals like the team at 855Bugs work protect you, you don’t have to worry about bed bugs, kissing beetles, or any of the pests you’ve read about so far.
We’ll Continue to Protect Our Community
None of this is meant to incite fear, but to help you be more aware of the potential problems pests can cause when left unchecked. We hope that after reading through this article you can understand why the United States Department of Health considers pest control professionals to be part of the essential services that keep our country healthy and running smoothly. The team at 855Bugs has the experience, the tools, and expertise, as well as the dedication that it takes to make sure you and your loved ones don’t have to worry about the havoc pests can wreak. We are well equipped and well trained in the use of PPE (personal protective equipment) and you can rest assured we’ll follow every precaution while working to keep your life pest free. We’re following all CDC recommendations. All non-essential office employees are working from home, any employees or employees with family members who appear to have any symptoms related to Covid-19 are prohibited from working, and we’re routinely disinfecting our workspaces and equipment. You can count on us to continue to serve our area and if you find yourself in need of a pest control program we urge you to reach out and schedule an inspection.