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.


Zoonotic Diseases: Be Wary of What Pets Bring Home

Dr. Jorge Parada - National Pest Management Association
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These diseases that are spread from animals to people are known as zoonotic diseases or infections. Although the spread of diseases from animals to people is rare, pets do sometimes carry germs that can make people sick.
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Beyond Lyme Disease: An Overview of Other Tick-Borne Illnesses

Dr. Jorge Parada - National Pest Management Association
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Tick on Skin: Overview of Tick-Borne Disease
Although Lyme disease is the most well-known tick-borne infection, there are many others that people may not have heard of, but of which they should be aware.
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Overview of Powassan Virus

Dr. Jorge Parada - National Pest Management Association
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Unfortunately, it appears that Powassan virus is either becoming more common, or it is more commonly being diagnosed. Like most tick-borne diseases, infection mostly occurs during the warm summer moths from June to September.
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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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Bee Sting - Photo of Bee
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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How Cockroaches, Dust Mites & Rodents Trigger Allergy Symptoms

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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Treating Bee & Wasp Stings - Stinging Insect Control
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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Bed bug bites- [NEWS-&-VIEWS-HEALTH-HUB] -Pest Media
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 and Disease- [NEWS-&-VIEWS-HEALTH-HUB] -Pest Media
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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[Spider Bites]- [NEWS-&-VIEWS-HEALTH-HUB] -Pest Media
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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[SUMMER-INSECT-HEALTH-RISKS].- [NEWS-&-VIEWS-HEALTH-HUB]- Pest Media
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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