Are Termites Harmful To Humans?
When most people think of termite infestations, they think about how termites affect their homes. But another common question homeowners have is – are termites harmful to humans?
While termites aren’t an immediate threat to everyone, they do have the potential to have negative side effects on your health (or the health of your family).
Termites can sting and bite. These wounds aren’t toxic and termites don’t carry or transmit diseases to humans. However, certain people can experience allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in homes where termites reside. Some people are sensitive or allergic to termite saliva and droppings. Dust from termite nests and activity can also affect those with asthma.
One of the greatest health risks associated with a termite infestation is the misuse of chemicals that are used to kill or repel termites. Homeowners need to take extra care when using these chemicals and ensure they allow enough time between application and home re-entry. Anyone dealing with a termite infestation should consider hiring a pest control expert like go2-pros to ensure the right chemicals are used and applied safely.
To simply answer the question “Are termites harmful to humans?”, termites have few to no harmful effects. For those who aren’t asthmatic and those who don’t suffer from allergies, termites may not cause any noticeable health effects. This isn’t to say that as a homeowner, you shouldn’t take the necessary steps to prevent termites! Termite damage to your home can be costly and once termites have invaded, they can be difficult to control. If you’re worried about a termite infestation or looking for a way to prevent one, contact go2-pros pest control today!