Top Four Surprisingly Dangerous Pests

Top Four Surprisingly Dangerous Pests

Pests can seem more annoying than dangerous at times, and often people refuse to go into the hassle of getting rid of them due to such a false sense of security. However, the truth is that most pests can not only be a nuisance, they can cause life threatening diseases to human beings and pets. It is a good idea to be well informed on such pests, so as to know how to best tackle the issues they can cause. These are the top dangerous pests that you might have encountered in your own home:

  • Rats

Rats are highly intelligent rodents that have a special talent for sneaking into homes and stealing food. Their intelligence makes things worse for human beings though, since it makes them quite difficult to catch a lot of the time. A rat infestation should never be left unchecked, because apart from destroying your belongings, rats can bring in a multitude of horrible diseases with them. Apart from getting bitten, any contact with their droppings, skin and so on can only serve to get you infected.  Rats can bring about diseases like Hantavirus, Rat Bite Fever, Salmonella and so on. Rats have also been known to cause epidemics of large proportions that left thousands dead in its wake.


  • Spiders
  • Spiders are considered creepy by most people and arachnophobia is one of the most common phobias in the world. Though they aren’t known for spreading any diseases as such, there are different species of spiders, the bites of which can either be seriously painful or in some cases, lead to death. Spider bites can’t unfortunately turn any of us into superheroes, no matter what certain movie franchises might suggest. Spiders cause around six to seven deaths per year in the United States. Things are much worse off in the areas close to the equator, where the most poisonous species of spiders can be found in abundance. 


  • Ticks
  • Ticks can cause a lot of trouble for you and your pet. The reason why ticks are dangerous is that they are the most popular proponents of Lyme disease. There are no vaccines to prevent them from harming you or your pet either, certainly none that have a good success rate. Moreover, once they bite you, they latch onto you for days and you might not ever notice it. Creeped out? You should be when it comes to ticks.  They are especially common during summer time, spoiling all the hiking and camping trips you decided to go on under the warm sun. 


  • Mosquitoes
  • Mosquitoes are regarded as the most dangerous pests in the world. Often nicknamed as ‘vampire’, they are well known for their constant and irritating buzzing, blood sucking abilities, translucent body as well as the popular diseases they like to spread. They are not only dangerous to you but your pet too. They can cause diseases like Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya and so on and causes the death of over a million people each year. 


    Apart from these four pests, there are several more that you have to be on the lookout for that can cause damage, both to your home as well as to your health. However, these are the most dangerous of the lot and the ones you need to kick out of your house if they are already there.

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