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It’s a challenge to stay healthy during the winter, especially with the prevalence of the flu and common colds. On top of worrying about your health during this time of year, rodents pose a threat to properties and families during the colder months. Rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes in the U.S. every winter, and an infestation can cause more than just a headache for homeowners. These pesky creatures are unsightly, populate quickly, and can cause serious damage to your property. When it comes to dealing with rodents, the real concern is that these pests can spread diseases and cause serious property damage once inside.
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Illnesses caused by rats and mice
The accumulation of feces from mice and rats can spread bacteria, contaminate food sources and trigger allergic reactions in humans. Worse than that, however, is the fact that their feces are capable of transmitting certain dangerous illnesses, such as:
- Hantavirus: Hantavirus is a potentially life-threatening disease transmitted to humans by rodents—primarily, the white-footed deer mouse. People become infected through exposure or inhalation of infected rodent urine, droppings or saliva, and the chances increase when people are near spaces where rodents are actively living. Anyone who comes into contact with this may also experience headaches, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems.
- Bubonic Plague: Also known as the “Black Death”, the Plague is a highly contagious and often deadly disease notorious for killing one-third of the European population during the Middle Ages. Plague is usually spread by the bite of an infected rodent flea and can cause fever, headache, and painfully swollen lymph nodes.
- Salmonellosis: Salmonellosis is a type of food poisoning spread by rodent feces, especially through the consumption of contaminated food. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain.
- Rat-Bite Fever: Rat-bite fever (RBF) is a potentially fatal infectious disease spread by infected rodents or the consumption of food contaminated by rodents. The CDC says that symptoms usually occur 3-10 days after exposure to an infected source and include fever, vomiting, headaches, rash, and muscle pain.
Professional rodent control services
In addition to health risks, rodents can pose a significant property risk as they have a tendency to destroy insulation in attics and can chew through walls, cardboard, wood, and even electrical wiring. Homeowners should look at prevention as the first line of defense against these pests and take steps to keep them out of the home. If an infestation is suspected, Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s can offer the expertise and knowledge to treat the problem. We are proud to use IPM methods to prevent rats and mice from bringing any diseases into your home throughout the year.Back to Rodent Exterminators
Dangers of Rodents in Virginia in Virginia
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