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.


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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What should I do if I have bed bug bites? Bed bug bites do not typically require treatment. It is best to clean the bite site(s) with soap and water and avoid scratching so as to prevent secondary infection. Progressive swelling, warmth, tenderness and sometimes (albeit rarely) fever may be signs of secondary infection, which should be managed with antibiotics as appropriate. Much more common are complaints of itching. For severe itching, topical steroid creams or oral antihistamines may offer relief from itching and thus decrease the risk of infecting the bite site.
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The Truth about Cockroaches and Health

By 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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The words “bed bugs” tend to evoke many unpleasant feelings and the idea of being in the proximity of these pests can often send people running. However, 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. Here ten important bed bug facts to know.
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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

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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

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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

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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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Three Hidden Health Dangers in the Home

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Rodents, cockroaches and stinging insects pose serious, but often hidden, health risks when they infest a home.
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Cockroach Allergens Continue To Be a Major Trigger of Asthma, Especially in Children

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Cockroaches can spread nearly 33 different kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens including asthma attacks and allergic reactions.
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Sinister Summer Stingers

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Stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year.
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Well Look What The Dog Brought In - Infestations, Itching, And Disease

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Although animals tend to view pests as merely annoyances, they can pose substantial health risks to both the pets and their owners.
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NPMA Supports EPA Recommendations on Rodenticide; Decision Further Encourages Protection of Public Health

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EPA limitations on certain direct-to-consumer rodenticide sales and requirement of tamper-resistant bait stations are backed by NPMA.
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World Asthma Day Raises Awareness Of Pest-Related Health Issue

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The presence of pests, notably cockroaches and rodents, is a leading trigger, especially in children.
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