Rodents and the Spread of Disease

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rodent mouseRodents are a dangerous to your home and your health

We are in our colder time of year now, and rodents, such as mice, rats, squirrels, chipmunks, are seeking out places for shelter and food. Yeah, to some of you they seem furry and cute, but for the sake of your helath and your home, it’s important to keep these pests out of your home (more about rodent identification).

Rodents and the Spread of Disease

Feces from mice and rats spreads bacteria, contaminates food sources and can trigger allergic reactions in humans. The dried fecal matter of rodents is hazardous to those who breathe it in. Some of the diseases that can be spread by rodent feces are the following:

  • Hantavirus – a potentially life-threatening disease transmitted to humans by rodents (read more)
  • Bubonic Plague – a highly contagious and often deadly disease usually spread by the bite of an infected rodent flea (read more)
  • Salmonellosis – a type of food poisoning spread by rodent feces (read more)
  • Rat-Bite Fever – a potentially fatal infectious disease spread by infected rodents or the consumption of food contaminated by rodents  (read more)

Rodents and your Home

Rodents make a mess of your insulation, and because they chew through wood and wiring, they can actually cause house fires.

It’s easy to end up with a full infestation of rodents very quickly due to their short gestation period….5-6 babies in three weeks, five to ten litters a year!  That’s a lot of baby mice!

With rapid reproduction rates, rodents can quickly go from being unnoticeable to causing a full-blown infestation. Homeowners should look at prevention as the first line of defense again these pests and take steps to keep them out of the home.

Seek out a professional to treat your infestation of rodents.  It could save your life!

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