Rodent Infestations: The Damage & Disease They Cause
If you’ve ever dealt with a rodent infestation before, you know how distressing they can be. Nobody wants to find out they have rats or mice in their property, and getting rid of them always requires the help of a rodent exterminator. Rats and mice can contaminate any surface they walk across, spreading bacteria wherever they go. Even worse, some of the world’s most infamous diseases are spread by rats or mice feces, and the nesting habits of rodents can cause damage inside homes and businesses. Because rats and mice are a fact of life in the North Bay and East Bay Area year-round, it’s important to learn about the many dangers of rodents.
Common Diseases Carried by Rodents
Across the nation and all around the world, rodents are tied to a number of dangerous diseases and health risks. These can be spread either directly through human contact with droppings or bites, or indirectly from infested fleas and ticks. Three of the most dangerous diseases caused by the presence of rodents include:
- Most often found in the urine and feces of deer mice, hantavirus can cause symptoms from fever and chills to aches in pains. In serious cases or when it is not treated, it can lead to shortness of breath and kidney failure.
- When rats and mice walk over surfaces, they are tracking dirt and bacteria across other food surfaces. Salmonella, commonly referred to as food poisoning, can cause severe stomach cramps, vomiting, and worse.
- Rat-bite fever
- Also known as Streptobacillus, rat-bite fever is usually caused by a bite or scratch from an infected rat. It is also caught by handling infected animals and ingesting food or drink contaminated with the rat’s feces or urine.
The Damage Rats Cause
In addition to the illnesses rats and mice are associated with, a rodent infestation can also lead to property damage. Rats are infamous for having incisors that never stop growing … meaning they never stop chewing! This can be especially dangerous when electrical wires are involved. In severe cases, wires can short circuit and create a fire hazard in your home or business. Along with the chewing habits are the nesting habits—rodents will tear through a number of materials in your property to make nests.
The Importance of Rodent Control
If you see a mouse or rat in your property, it’s important to call a rodent exterminator as soon as possible. With the dangers of rodents in mind, it’s easy to understand why you should always enlist the help of a professional. At The Hitmen Termite & Pest Control, our team guarantees our rodent removal will keep you, your family, and your property safe all year long.