Pests lurking around children… Just the thought has most parents cringing. Health scares are usually normally in childhood. Kids will get minor scrapes bruises and other types of injuries while they are at play and if they get involved in accidents. Many children are also prone to getting the flu, allergies, coughs, and colds every now and then. But aside from accidents, injuries, and normal childhood illnesses, parents have to be concerned about the pests that can cause harm to their kids.
Below are some of the common types of pests that can pose threats to your little ones:
There have been many instances wherein kids have been bitten by one or more ants. Ants can inject a type of venom with their sting and they can sting several times. If a child has been stung by an ant, he or she will feel pain and some swelling at the site of the sting. Some kids are also allergic to ant venom. Aside from swelling and aches, they can develop a rash and have difficulty breathing. They may also suffer from anaphylaxis. In Australia, the most dangerous species of ants is the bull ants. They can be found almost anywhere and their stings are painful and poisonous.
Although small, mosquitoes are known carriers of some of the worst and deadliest diseases in the world such as malaria and dengue. Most types of mosquitoes are more of a problem during summer and are more active at dusk and night. Kids who are sensitive to mosquito bites are highly likely to develop itchy red lumps around the bites. When they are bitten on the face, this can lead to a lot of swelling as well. The good news is that you can easily protect kids from mosquito bites by applying insect repellent on uncovered skin areas.
Bees and wasps
In Australia, the most common types of bees are the European honey bee, which can be found in all parts of the country, the Bumble bee (found in Tasmania), and the Asian honey bee (prevalent in Queensland). Aside from bees, European wasps, found mostly along the east coast of Australia, have also been known to sting kids and adults. If your child was stung by a bee or wasp, he or she will experience pain and swelling. Kids with allergies to bee and wasp stings will also develop rashes, have difficulties breathing, and even collapse. In such instances, bring your child to a medical specialist immediately.
Most pets are carriers of fleas. Rats and other types of rodents have fleas well. These tiny bugs typically live in carpets and furniture but will jump up in search of a warmer host such as yourself or your child. Flea bites appear as small, itchy red marks on the skin. You can get rid of fleas by using a bug spray.
Ensuring your home is pest-free is a good start to keeping your kids free from harm. Consider having your home inspected by experts regularly to prevent your pest problems from becoming bigger. Call Jim’s Termite and Pest Control on 131 546 or book a quote time online today for your free, no-obligation quote!
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