Facts About Pests And Humans

Most humans are reluctant to share their existence with other organisms that compete for the necessities of life and aggravate, annoy, disturb their comfort or damage their health or property. We call such organisms ‘pets’. The medical and veterinary industries have taken upon themselves the task of managing the many micro-organisms that affect the internal functions of the human body and domesticated animals and the bug management industry concerns itself with the rest, including the vectors that may spread micro-organisms that preoccupy medicos and vets.

The urban bug management industry does not usually become involved with pests of farmed animals and growing crops. They involve themselves in the pursuit of pests that directly attack humans, such as bugs, fleas, lice, mites and spiders, and to some extent mosquitoes, midges and sandflies. Then there are the pests that invade human structures to eat human food, fabrics and actual buildings. Rats and mice are a prime example and best rodent control in Singapore here becomes vital to safeguard human property. Wasps that daub mud, birds and spiders that use buildings as their habitat also fall into the category of pests.

 How pests effect human life

 Insects that have established some type of cohabitation with humans are widely regarded as pests. While their role in the transmission of diseases to humans is usually the main concern, there are various reasons for bug status

 Contamination

Insects may contaminate food products, utensils and various areas with dropping, cast skins, empty egg cases, dead insects and vomit marks on the surface.

 Annoyance or fear reactions

Many people are annoyed by the sight of insects. This may relate to their fast, unpredictable movements and perhaps very spiky legs. Many find their presence abhorrent.

 Odor

Where a substantial insect infestation exists, an unpleasant odor may develop, owing to secretions from the mouth and cuticle.

 Allergic reactions

Some people are allergic to certain insects. Most often this is cockroaches. Extracts of cockroaches can bring about positive skin reactions in sensitive people, and may cause an asthma attack in asthmatics. The allergen may be ignored where foods are contaminated with faeces, or inhaled when dried faeces becomes a part of the house dust. Cockroach control in such situations takes high priority.

 Bites

Insects have been known to bite people. Some insects may carry diseases and transmit them through bites. Some may cause rashes and some may cause irritation and redness of the skin. However, each of these are harmful to human’s life form.

 The health threats posed by insects’ population that closely cohabit with humans is considered by most to be very serious. It is likely that insects are responsible for much transmission of human diseases – perhaps more commonly intestinal diseases. This reason by itself justifies, indeed, some would say necessitates, the control of insects in the premises.

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