– Fleas These pests have historically caused many diseases. This includes plague, cat scratch disease, typhus, and a large host of parasites. Here in Virginia, you only have to worry about Cat Scratch Disease and Parasites, as most cases of plague and typhus are found near states west of the Mississippi. These fleas will spread their diseases through bites, fecal contamination, or in other words, poop. If their poop gets into an open wound or scratched, you will get infected by whatever is inside their poop. This is why decontamination after dealing with fleas is a must.
– Ticks These insects or more specifically the Black Legged Tick (Deer tick) which can be found everywhere in southwestern Virginia, are the most common vector for Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease is a very common disease from ticks, but luckily it is not fatal and can be treated with antibiotics. However, you will experience symptoms such as fever, pain, facial muscle paralysis, numbness, and hallucinations, for 2 to 4 weeks and sometimes will linger for more than 6 months.