How pest management helps preserve the quality of your life

How pest management helps preserve the quality of your life

June 6 marks World Pest Day. Here is why pest control is so important for your health and those around you. 

Woman spraying with insecticide over an ant on the kitchen floor
Woman spraying with insecticide over an ant on the kitchen floor

Today is World Pest Day.

According to the World Health Organisation, vector-borne diseases account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases, causing more than 700,000 deaths annually.

The day aims to put the focus on the harmful effects pests can have on human life. 

There are different types of pests – rodents, insects, birds, and wildlife.

However, all pests have one thing in common: they can ruin your property and pose a health risk. 

Insect-borne diseases are viral and bacterial illnesses from insect (bug) bites which include zika virus, yellow fever, and malaria. 

Other diseases include lyme disease and dengue fever. 

It is important to note that insects can spread disease-causing bacteria through your house.

READ: Cockroach outbreak: DIY spray to help control pests in your home

According to the Family Doctor organisation, if you have been infected with an insect-borne disease, you might suffer the following symptoms: 




Sore muscles

Skin rash


Stomach pain

Difficulty breathing

The feeling that your throat is closing

Swelling of your lips, tongue, or face

Chest pain

A racing heartbeat that lasts more than a few minutes



The good thing is that with proper management, you can prevent insects from causing damage to your property and your health. 

Brantley Terminate and Pest Control shared tips to help you keep household pests out of the home:

- Seal up any cracks and openings that are on your windows and doors.

- Ensure your house is clean and the ground is clear of crumbs.

- Make sure all of your food is sealed in proper containers. 

- Keep the humidity down because some pests prefer to live in damp places and if necessary, use a dehumidifier.

READ: Five smart ways to childproof your home for a toddler

Disclaimer: Health-related information provided in this article is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems. It is always advisable to consult with your doctor on any health-related issues.

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