Pest Health Hub

Bugs and insects have a profund impact on human health. Browse our latest articles on pest health and bug allergies in our Health Hub.


Health Hazards Posed by Rodents

Dr. Jorge Parada - National Pest Management Association
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Rodents, such as rats, mice, prairie dogs and rabbits, are associated with a number of health risks. In fact, rats and mice are known to spread more than 35 diseases.
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Q&A with Dr. Parada on Insect Bites and Stings

Dr. Jorge Parada - National Pest Management Association
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Summer warmth and sun are finally here. Unfortunately, so are many stinging and nuisance insects. Makes us wonder, doesn’t it? Well, wonder away and ask what you will.
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Overview of Lyme Disease With a Focus on Clinical Progression and Diagnosis

Dr. Jorge Parada - National Pest Management Association
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Lyme disease is caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi), which is typically carried by blacklegged (deer) ticks.
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Chikungunya Virus

Dr. Jorge Parada - National Pest Management Association
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Typical symptoms of Chikungunya infection include the rapid onset of severe joint pains (especially in the hands and feet) and fever.
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Understanding Asthma and Allergy Triggers in the Home

Dr. Jorge Parada - National Pest Management Association
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In fact, very common household pests, such as cockroaches, dust mites, rodents such as mice and rats, stinging insects and mold are all major triggers of allergies and asthma.
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Diseases Spread By Nuisance Wildlife

Dr. Jorge Parada - National Pest Management Association
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While wondrous and beautiful, being out in nature doesn’t come without risk – especially if people come into contact with wildlife, which often carry numerous infectious diseases.
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How to Treat Bee or Wasp Stings

Dr. Jorge Parada - National Pest Management Association
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Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of bee stings.
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Ticks and Lyme Disease

Dr. Jorge Parada - National Pest Management Association
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Dr. Jorge Parada discusses everything you need to know about Lyme disease from prevention tips to symptoms and treatment.
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Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus

Dr. Jorge Parada - National Pest Management Association
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Dr. Parada addresses common questions about West Nile virus including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
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Hidden Allergy Triggers in Your Home

By Dr. Jorge Parada - National Pest Management Association
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When most people think of allergy and “asthma triggers," they often focus on plant pollens, dust, animal dander and stinging insects. However, one of the most common household pests – the cockroach – is one of the biggest offenders as a trigger of allergies and asthma
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How to treat bed bug bites and other bed bug FAQs

By Dr. Jorge Parada - National Pest Management Association
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Becoming a victim of a bed bug infestation is certainly devastating, but the public can rest easy knowing that these pests are not known to transmit any diseases.
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An Overview of the Real Health Risks Posed By Mice and Rat Infestations

Missy Henriksen - National Pest Management Association
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It’s a challenge to stay healthy during the winter, especially with the prevalence of the flu and common colds. Unfortunately, something most people don’t think about this time of year is the threat posed by rodents to both our health and property.
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The Truth about Cockroaches and Health

Dr. Jorge Parada - National Pest Management Association
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Cockroaches have many negative consequences for human health because certain proteins (called allergens) found in cockroach feces, saliva and body parts can cause allergic reactions or trigger asthma symptoms, especially in children.
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Spider Bites

Dr. Jorge Parada - National Pest Management Association
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Harry Potter's friend, Ron Weasley, is probably in good company when he admits he hates spiders. But how much of spiders' negative notoriety is really just a bad rap?
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The Truth About Bed Bugs & Health

Dr. Jorge Parada - National Pest Management Association
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As bed bug infestations have become more commonplace in the past few years, it is important to know why bed bugs are drawn to us and what implications these blood-sucking pests have on human health.
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Summer Insect Health Risks

Dr. Jorge Parada - National Pest Management Association
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Sometimes, don’t you just wish the mosquitoes, bees and other pests would get the memo about being on vacation and just leave you alone? Unfortunately, we all know there are downsides to communing with nature and enjoying our summer fun.
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Wildlife Poses a Growing Pest Control Problem for Homeowners

NPMA Staff
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Rodents such as birds, bats, squirrels and skunks can pose serious health threats to homeowners.
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The House Fly - More Than Just a Household Annoyance

By NPMA Staff
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Although house flies are a familiar disturbance, they are also a major carrier of communicable diseases including malaria, salmonella and tuberculosis.
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With Tick Season Underway, Humans and Pets Alike are at Risk for Lyme Disease

NPMA Staff
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[TICK].- [NEWS-&-VIEWS-HEALTH-HUB] - Pest Media
Of the more than 800 tick species, about 100 spread bacteria that can cause dangerous diseases, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
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