Getting healthy in 2016 was on many people’s New Year’s resolution list. By this time in the year many people have strayed a little (or let’s be honest, a lot) from their goals. As the year goes on it only gets worse. There are now more parking spots at the gym; the line at the health food store is shorter, while the line at the fast food joint grows longer. Sometimes motivating yourself to eat right and exercise is difficult, but there is another way to keep yourself healthy and that is to have a healthy home environment.
So how do you make your home a healthy home? To create a healthy home environment you need to remove what will make you sick. Do you know what one of the biggest culprits is in an un-healthy house? Pests! Not only do pests such as mice, roaches, and flies have a huge “yuck” factor, they can actually make you and your family sick if they invade your home. Here are a few things that you and your pest professional can do to help prevent and control pests:
Keeping mice away is important because mice are known to carry a number of really scary diseases like salmonellosis, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, and Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis to name just a few. You don’t actually have to come in contact with the mouse itself in order to get sick. Many disease can be transferred by the mouse’s urine and fecal matter which they will leave anywhere. Mice can come into your home at any time of the year, but most often they will invade in the fall and winter. Make sure that any cracks or holes in your foundation are sealed in order to make it harder for them to enter or contact Trius and ask about our Rodent Exclusion Service.
Keeping cockroaches out of your home is a must as well. Did you know that there is a correlation between roaches and asthma? Research shows that cockroach allergens are a major contributor to asthma. Cockroaches also carry diseases on their legs and bodies and then distribute these diseases wherever they go. If the cockroaches are in your kitchen they can spread disease that cause food poisoning on your food, plates, cooking utensils, or anything else on which they walk. Roaches need water, so to help reduce the chance of a roach infestation make sure to fix leaky pipes. Roaches also love grease, food debris and cardboard. So keeping a clean and tidy home are other important factors to keep roaches away.
There is no doubt that flies are annoying, but did you know that they can also make your house unhealthy? When a fly lands on food they use their saliva to liquefy it before they consume it. That means that when a fly lands on something in your house it will deposit small amounts of fly saliva along with pathogens. It takes just a matter of seconds for the pathogens to transfer from the fly to a surface in your house where you will come in contact with the disease causing agent. To help reduce the number of flies in your home remember to always keep garbage in a covered garbage pail.
While some pests can make you sick others can alert you to an unhealthy situation. Moisture pests like cave crickets, centipedes, millipedes, isopods and silverfish indicated a high moisture level in your home. Various molds may develop in these areas of high moisture and can make a family very sick.
Unlike exercise and eating right, when it comes to making your house healthy you can actually sit back, relax and have someone else take care of the work. Trius Pest Management will come to your home and not only get rid of any pests you have, but they will also find ways to stop pests from coming back. Click here for a free estimate.