Emotional Effects of Pest Infestations

Having an infestation in your home or office is one of the most unpleasant experiences that you can have. Whether it’s cockroaches, mice, or bedbugs, any of these animals can be carriers of serious diseases for you and your family.

Knowing the damage that a pest can have in your home can help you prevent them. Therefore, it is essential to carry out frequent fumigations and ensure that your home or business has the greatest possible hygiene measures. This way, the probability of having an infestation may be much lower.

In addition to the damage to health and property, did you know that an infestation can also seriously affect your mental and emotional health? Yes, it can. Let’s see some symptoms that a person can start showing as a result of a plague.

Psychological and emotional effects of having a plague

According to research conducted by psychologists, having bugs, cockroaches, and/or mice can cause negative psychological manifestations in people. Not only for the adults but for the children who may also live on the property. These manifestations may include nightmares, anxiety, and insomnia, among others.

In addition, the presence of a pest in a business can also drive away customers and give a negative image of the business. Here are some of the effects people can have in the presence of a pest.

1. Phobias. A phobia is an intense and irrational fear of a person, situation, or thing and can be disabling and disorienting in the person who suffers from it. The fear is so terrible that it usually generates enormous anxiety that can even lead to panic attacks. As a result, the person will avoid being in the place where the plague is at all costs and may start acting irrationally.

2. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Those who have had the unfortunate experience of having an infestation can develop an obsessive-compulsive disorder, which manifests as intrusive thoughts, images, and impulses that lead them to perform repetitive or compulsive behaviors. An example of this can be repetitively cleaning the house or office, constantly washing their hands, or showering.

3. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is a type of acute anxiety disorder caused by a traumatic or distressing event. The person constantly relives the situation in their head, which can cause nightmares, insomnia, irritability, and irrational behavior.

If you find yourself living in a rental property, it is important that you notify your landlord of any signs of possible pest presence. Furthermore, it is crucial to eradicate this pest as soon as possible. If you have any questions, contact us. We’d love to help you!

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