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The Different Types of Pest Allergies and Diseases

July 22, 2021
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About 3% of adults suffer with life threatening pest allergies. People die every year from many pest related illnesses. You may not know it, but when your skin puffs up from a mosquito bite, you actually have obtained a small allergic reaction. It is important to take pest illnesses seriously, because they can ultimately be very dangerous. 

Allergies can be from bee stings, mosquito bites, cockroach droppings, saliva, and skin sheddings, and from dust mites. Approximately 5- 7.5% of people have an allergy to bee stings. If someone with an allergy gets stung by a bee, they may experience skin reactions, difficulty breathing, swelling of the tongue and mouth, weak or rapid pulse, dizziness, vomiting or fainting. With mosquito bite allergies, you may experience skin reactions, fever, headaches, nausea and vomiting or fatigue. Coming in contact with cockroach droppings, skin sheddings or saliva can trigger many different symptoms in people with an allergy. Some of these symptoms include coughing, sneezing, sinus infection or wheezing. One of the more severe reactions to cockroaches is asthma which could require immediate medical attention. Lastly, if you have a dust mite allergy, you may experience sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and an itchy throat. 

There are many allergies that can be acquired from insects, but there are also many diseases. Some diseases can be from rodent droppings, mosquitos, ticks, or fleas. There are several diseases you can get from just rodents alone. These diseases are Hantavirus, Pulmonary Syndrome, Hemorrhagic Fever, Lassa Fever, Leptospirosis Lymphocytic, Chorio-meningitis, Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever, Plague, Rat-Bite Fever, Salmonellosis, South American Arenaviruses and Tularemia. The diseases transmitted from mosquitoes are Zika Virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue, and malaria. The most well known disease you can get from ticks is lyme disease. Flea bites mainly infect dogs and cats, but humans can also get bitten. Diseases from fleas are typhus and plague. 

As explained above, pest allergies and diseases can be very dangerous. It is important to take precautions to eliminate the risk of being infected. 

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