While some people may find rodents cute, a rodent infestation in your home is no laughing matter. Rodents can cause damage to your home and pose a significant health risk to you and your family. Both rats and mice can spread diseases when they enter homes, and some of these illnesses can be fatal. Here are some of the health hazards associated with a rodent infestation:
Even though rodent bites are not very common, it is important to avoid them at all costs. A bite from a sick mouse or rat can spread diseases to humans, such as Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis, the plague, and other diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you suspect a rodent infestation in your home, it is best to leave the rodent removal to a pest control expert to avoid getting bitten.
Just like humans, rats and mice need to eat, and they will sometimes get into pantries and cupboards for a snack. If you suspect you have an infestation in your home, it is wise to store food in airtight containers to prevent contamination. Once in your pantry, rodents can contaminate your food with their urine and droppings, as well as food left out on counters and tables. Unintentionally eating contaminated food can spread diseases such as Leptospirosis, Rat-Bite Fever, Salmonellosis, or Tularemia, according to the CDC.
Even if you are taking the proper precautions to deter rats and mice from your pantry, there is still a risk that they could be spreading disease in your home. Simply breathing their air or dust tainted with rodent urine or droppings is enough to sicken some households. Unknowingly inhaling contaminated dust can result in illnesses such as Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Hemorrhagic Fever, or Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis.
Because an infestation poses a serious health hazard, rodent removal and control services are paramount. Contact your local Truly Nolen branch today to protect your health and home from rodent infestations before they start. Give yourself peace of mind with our free rodent inspection!